Day 8, Sunday, dawned with us on a mission. We had a full day to spend in what is perhaps Japan’s most culturally blessed city, and we were not about to waste it. Furthermore, we had finally outpaced the rainy weather that had been our constant companion since my parents arrived. Ironically, while we were enjoying sunny blue skies in Kyoto, my buddies back in Beppu were hunkered down riding out the year’s biggest typhoon (hurricane) – what luck!
You could honestly spend a year in Kyoto alone and not want for things to visit and study, but with only one day to spare we had to grit our teeth, lace up our shoes, and hit the big 3 – the Imperial Palace, Kinkakuji, and Ryoanji.