After leaving Osaka, we headed to Kyoto. We arrived in the evening to find that it was snowing! In fact, it later on turned out to be the biggest snow in 60 years. Admittedly, it doesn't normally snow much in Kyoto, so while the snow piled up in the evening and looked pretty, by the next morning it was already melting away.
We stayed in a traditional Japanese house that has been turned into an inn.
The hallway just inside the entrance is really thin. I suspect that maybe the toilet on the left side was added later on, and that's why it's so thin. Probably the toilet was originally outside the house.
We borrowed bikes (despite the inn owner's grave warnings of slippage and disaster) and headed out.
This building is actually a bar! It was probably a bank back in the day.
We decided to go to Kinkakuji to see it covered in snow. Just in front of Kinkakuji, one of the major tourist destinations in Kyoto, there's this bicycle parking lot. Wow, bicycle infrastructure! So you don't have to drive your over-sized car everywhere! I'm looking at you, America.
The very fancy entrance ticket.
The character for "gold" is shining. (The little dots on the side.)
Not surprisingly, there were a lot of people.
The photo below has had its colors altered to show you what it felt like to see the place with one's own eyes. It was like, "woah!"
The pond had frozen too.
I liked this Shoji (paper door).
The grounds of Kinkakuji had a lot of plants and animals.
Here's where I started to take photos of birds.
There were a bunch of Japanese White-Eye birds in this bush.
I also saw a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker!
It looks like I surprised her. She's got a little exclamation mark over her head.
That's it for today.