We traveled by Shinkansen from Miyajima to Kyoto, arriving around 1 p.m. and took the metro to the Gion district. We ambled by the Chion-in, a 17th century Buddhist temple, strolled through the Murin gardens photographing hundreds of blooming cherry trees. We climbed up a winding cobblestone street, passing local shops selling pottery, dolls, bamboo baskets, silks and jewelry. Hundreds of tourists enjoyed the perfect weather, Gion shopping, and cherry trees in bloom.
At the top of the stairs we reached Kiyomizu-dera, the enormous mountainside Buddhist temple undergoing massive renovation, but the tourists can still see the main hallís huge verandahs with its hundreds of cypress beams supporting the large deck. From here you can view most of the city of Kyoto. The site features many shrines, temples, gates, out-buildings and of course cherry trees.
At dinner we went to Kyoto station to enjoy Japanese style Chinese food, the meal included dim sum, prawns, chow mein vegetables, sweet and sour pork in black vinegar sauce and rice.