Rengeoin Sanjusangendo was definitely on my bucket list of sites to visit while in Kyoto. So, I was pretty excited walking there from Tofukuji Temple, although that could also be because I’m in freaking Japan and I’m still pinching myself!
The reason why I was so excited to see Rengeoin Sanjusangendo is because of the 1001 life-sized Buddha statues. I must admit, when we first walked up to the building, I was extremely disappointed to see the no photography sign, and so me being me, I didn’t take any photos inside. Which is a shame, because it would have been awesome to get some shots of the Buddha statues. I did buy some postcards though, so good enough.
The building that they are housed in is massive!
And then we just wander around the grounds.
The giant bell, it is way bigger than it looks!
And then we check out the shrine on the grounds.
By this stage, we are exhausted and feel like it’s time to go back to Kyoto station and collect our bags from the lockers and make our way to our first Airbnb apartment of our trip. We decide to walk as it’s only 20 minutes according to Google maps. Everywhere today seems to be only 20 minutes away!
The walk to our apartment is 15 minutes from the station. It’s a pleasant walk, even though night is falling. The view from the balcony is amazing, you can see Kyoto Tower. The room is a reasonable size, but the bathroom is tiny, something we will need to get used to while in Japan!
Now, for some food! We wander around and find a tiny, little restaurant. So little, there are only 4 tables, with 4 seats at each table. We pick from pictures and I somehow end up picking squid. All I really want is some chicken. Not to worry as it tastes so good.