|Matsuda-san, pointing out his name on the temple donor wall|
|The main gate and aqueduct of Nanzen-ji|
|Small shrine (Rokan-ji) along our walk with animal guardians.|
|Rokan-ji with the shiny copper roof and animal guardian.|
|Entrance to Honen-in|
|Gardens of Honen-in|
|Sand Garden at Ginkaku-ji|
|Silver Temple (Ginkaku-ji) and grounds|
|Now, THESE are some lamps!|
Finally, we headed to Nijo Castle. Two really cool things I learned is one, the hall that shows the feudal lords gathering is actually the room where the Shogun received and handed back power to the emperor (the two events were separated by several centuries). It was amazing to see the room that had so much history, which was now filled with feudal lord mannequins. Two, I saw how the Nightingale floors make the sound, with two metal spikes at the edge of several floorboards.
It was a great day and we were pretty pooped. Still, we found the energy to go to Gion Corner to watch a cultural show. It's a little cheesy, but it's cool in that it shows dancing Maiko, which we wouldn't otherwise be able to see. We ended with dinner at Iyemon salon, a restaurant right next to our hotel. It was delicious! They had a nice mix of Japanese food and some Western dishes for some comfort. We had an awesome grilled tofu dish that was sort of pizza-like, a seafood pasta gratin, grilled ginger pork and two orders of assorted tempura. We had a wonderful dinner and then headed off to bed.