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Japan 2015: Day 3 (1) – Kitano Tenmangu

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On day 3 (March 10), I moved from Tokyo to Kyoto.

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Tokyo on a Monday morning was looking grey and cold.

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Somewhere along the way, there was snow. It looks static here because of my camera’s shutter speed but the snow was practically going horizontal in the wind.

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So much snow in places…

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And then suddenly, none.

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Clouds hang heavy over distant hills dotted with snow.

Upon arriving in Kyoto, I got two day passes for the city bus from the tourist information centre, and took a taxi to my hotel and checked in. I was dismayed to discover that the room temperature control was… nearly non-existent and all I could control was basically fan speed of low, medium, and high. But the temperature was set to what felt like 28°C and I couldn’t change that. In the end I had to open the window a bit to let in the cold air to balance the temperature whenever I was in the room. Thank goodness the windows could be opened. And thank goodness it was cold outside.

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First thing I did after settling in was head to Kitano Tenmangu, where there’s supposed to be a grove of plum trees. (Plum trees bloom earlier than cherry trees so there was a chance it would be pretty to look at.)

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If I’d come by earlier in the day perhaps all the festive-looking stalls would’ve been open.

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Setting sun beyond the plum trees. (Look at that lens flare!)

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Couldn’t get into the plum tree garden – you have to pay an entrance fee, and it was already closed by the time I got there – but I got a few shots over the fence. Didn’t look like the trees were in full bloom yet so probably wouldn’t have been worth the fee anyway.

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Some close-ups. Yay for zoom lens!

jp15_3-11 Plenty of other plum trees around the temple compound anyway. And plenty of people snapping their own shots all round.

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Approaching the main temple complex.

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Distracted by plum trees. haha I like the dramatic angle here :)

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Large lanterns

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I headed back to Shijo Kawaramachi as it turned dark and then it started snowing. o_o Can you see the white streaks? That’s the snow falling… I’d been feeling like my fingers would freeze right off ever since I got off the bus at Kitano Tenmangu and when it began to snow I suddenly understood the cold, cold air. The cold prevented me from taking more pictures at Kitano Tenmangu than I would’ve liked to as every time I took my hands out of my pockets… all I could think was “COLD COLD COLD FINGERS COLD”.

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There’s a new pet shop and the puppies were so cute. Such darlings~~~

After walking around for a bit, I then hopped on another bus to go to see the Hanatouro… Which I shall talk about in my next blog post.

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