After leaving Kinkakuji, we continued tooling around Kyoto on our bikes. We passed by this bathhouse soon after. It's an old place, and it is pretty cool looking. Actually, the interior is even cooler (we came back here in the evening to go in the hot spring waters) but since it's a bathhouse and everyone is naked, you can't take photos inside.
You can see how much snow is still piled up on people's roofs.
This building also used to be a bathhouse. It's since been converted into a cafe.
You can tell pretty easily by looking that it used to be a bathhouse.
Just some random buildings that I passed by and thought were neat.
This is the Kyoto Prefecture building.
Nearby the government building was this church and Christian school.
Check out this classy subway station.
I think the subway station was designed like it was because it's right next to this mansion surrounded by a brick wall. The mansion was built by the founder of Daimaru, a department store chain in Japan. It's been built in Tudor style, a style one doesn't often see in Japan.
The mansion appears to still be a private residence unfortunately, so you can't go in.
Here's "Kamogawa", a famous river in Kyoto.
The last place we visited was Koumyouin. (pronounced kind of like "Koe-myoe-een") Like the much more famous Ryoanji, it has a beautiful rock garden. Because this temple isn't as famous as Ryoanji though, you have a chance at actually experiencing a quiet, appropriately temple-like atmosphere. Only one other person visited during the time I was there.
Some bird. It was too far away, and the sun was already too far set for me to get a good photo.
While heading back to the bathhouse I mentioned at the top, we passed by this Shinto shrine with a weird star mark on its gate. The shrine is called Seimeijinja. The star references the five elements from Chinese thought. It's very unusual to see a mark like this in a Shinto shrine. This shrine may even be the only one like it. I've certainly never seen another.
That's it for Kyoto. I'll post something about Tainan next time how about?