And some had interesting Asian creatures too.
Kyoto Station was cool just like the one in Fukuoka with shops and restaurants. We went to the station for a late lunch one day and then found this wonderful dessert shop called Berry Cafe. We each bought a slice and they were as delicious as they were beautiful.
Inside the box was an ice pack to keep this delicate dessert perfect until you were ready to eat it. Brilliant!
To enter this garden we had to remove our shoes, a common Asian practice. There was a boardwalk throughout. These raked gravel gardens are amazingly neat. Stephen loves these.
This giant gravel garden was at the entrance of the second Unesco World Heritage Site we visited in Kyoto: Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion).
The quintessential Japanese garden, part of the Ginkakuji Temple. So beautiful!
As we were walking into the garden a young boy ran up to Stephen and explained that he was a junior high student studying English and would Stephen mind if he asked him a few questions. We saw groups of students on field trips all over Kyoto. They all wore uniforms like the students in the above photo. Then as we were leaving the garden another student with a different group ask me if I would answer some questions for them. About six of them took turns reading questions from their notebook. Their last question was could they take a photo with me. :)
In all the touristy places we saw ice cream and other treats made with green tea and sesame. I had to try an ice cream cone for myself. Pretty yummy.
Twice we stopped at this Bubble Tea shop in a huge shopping area of Kyoto. We ordered hot ones. I'd never had hot bubble tea before, only cold bubble tea in Seattle. Those are black tapioca balls in the bottom of the cups. The girls who worked in the shop were really sweet.
We saved the most strenuous hike for our last full day in Kyoto. Fushimi-Inari Taisha, the gates of prosperity shrine. There are thousands of these red torri (gates) throughout the shrine area.
And small torii. Some of the ones in the right hand side of this photo were only a foot tall.
It was an awesome hike! The next day we took our second bullet train ride to Tokyo.