We were pretty much done with the daytime koyo part of our trip so we headed back down to the river valley-
About halfway up/down the hill were some nice outdoor picnic areas for people to get tea and snacks at-
Along the river was a very nice looking ryokan. I would love to stay there sometime but for now I am content with haven taken this picture when I was supposed to-
Looking along the river you can see part of the ryokan that is probably reserved for dinner-
Not much of a town down here but there were a few businesses-
Ah, silly Japanese girls. High heels are not for hiking!
The area is abundant with famous religious places and beautiful scenery. With that in mind, we kept walking down the road from the bus stop to the next place further in the woods of Kyoto, Kozan-ji. Just as we were arriving, a bus load of people were walking in and going at a pretty good pace. I had to powerwalk ahead just to get a picture without a crap load of people-
More steps! I need to figure out the significance of steps and religion in Japan. At times it just ridiculous.
This is the entrance to Sekisui-in, Japan's oldest tea garden-
Inside the entrance-
The tea garden. Reservations and extra money required.
Kozanji is the last stop on the bus and this is what is right next to it. Cute eh?
Back in more central Kyoto we saw this guesthouse. When I think of guesthouse I think of backpacker hostel. This looks like a little more than that right? Well, it is - Jijuden.
For dinner we got one of our favorites, conveyor belt sushi-
Stay tuned for nighttime Koyo! Amazing pictures!