We kicked off Golden week with a trip to the Fukuoka temple with our district. We now realize how fortunate we are to have always lived so close to temples.
With a week off of work and only three weeks left in Japan we decided to take a trip to Kyoto.
Sanjusangen-do is known as the "longest wooden structure in the world". I have noticed that Japan likes to claim most world records.
These three fountains are near the Kiyomizu temple. There is a huge line to drink from there waters which are said to promote either: health, wealth or beauty. With everyone drinking out of the same cup we decided against the germfest.
During holidays or when visiting temples a lot of Japanese will get dressed in their Kimonos to go out. I love how traditional they are here in Japan.
Kiyomizu-dera was our favorite site. It is set on the side of a mountain and the view is simply amazing.
One of the most visited sites in Japan is the Golden temple, or
Kinkaku-ji temple. To be honest, with the way everyone talks about it, I was expecting something a little grander.
With Kyoto being so close to Osaka we couldn't pass up the chance to go to the Osaka aquarium and see the two whale sharks that live there.
I was having a lot of trouble getting photos of the whale shark, this is the only one that gives you a good idea of how big they were. I was hoping they would be a little more wild like a great white shark. But they are so tame and gentle. I was hoping for some Deep Blue Sea action.
These are Japanese Giant Crabs. These photos really didn't turn out either but I wanted you to see how big these crabs are in comparison to our bodies. They look like something out of an Aliens movie.
I love the way a jellyfish moves.
Our 24 hour trip to Kyoto/Osaka was up there with my favorites since we have been in Japan.