Day 148 – Kyoto, Japan
What a wonderful day of sightseeing! Kyoto is simply delightful. We began the day by visiting Nijo Castle, a World Heritage site featuring splendid Japanese art and gorgeous gardens. Nijo Castle was the Kyoto residence of the Shoguns. Next we visited Nishi Hongwanji, a Buddhist temple complex which was absolutely stunning (also a World Heritage site). Per the recommendation of the Kyoto City Tourism Association, we took a walking tour of the very historic Shimabara neighborhood (a former entertainment district). We concluded the day by visiting the beautiful Koshoji temple.
(Walking Tour of Shimabara)