|Maple Leaves and reflection at the Ryoan-ji Lake.|
|Looking good, feeling Zen! (SMS)|
|Rip and I, walking around Ryoan-ji (SMS)|
|Yay, family portrait! (SMS)|
|Amazing coffee stop, right by Kinkaku-ji. (SMS)|
|Nijo Castle (SMS)|
|Nijo Castle entrance bridge. (SMS)|
We had our umbrellas with us so we walked around the palace grounds and over to the staircase that let us scale the large guard wall. Then it was time for lunch! We went to the Iyemon Salon restaurant, where I had been during my parents' visit. They had excellent lunch sets. SMS was the winner with the mackerel set. I had a tasty curry and Linda and Rip had the beef stew.
Afterwards, we headed back to the Machiya to hang out and relax. The rain was coming down pretty hard and we only ventured out for dinner. We went to a nearby izakaya where SMS showed off his mastery of navigating a menu written only in Japanese. He did great, we all ate and everyone was very happy!
All pictures in this post by SMS!