In the evening, went to "Nanzenji Temple". It is one of the major temples of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism, and is on the top of the 5 key temples. The official name of the temple is long, "Zuiryu-zan Taiheikoku Nanzen-zenji". The temple's business hour ended, so it was very quiet in the Sanmon gate area. The gate was donated by Todo Takatora.
The approach to Hatto. Nanzenji really does look like a picture postcard, no matter where to take the picture.
Hatto (Buddhist hall). The original building was destroyed by fire during the Onin and Bunmei wars, and was reconstructed around 1479. It was rebuilt in 1606 with a donation from Toyotomi Hideyori, but was destroyed again by fire in 1893. The present one was rebuilt in 1909. Like Jakkoin Temple, wooden buildings have to fight against fire.
Entrance to Kuri (residential building). The black woodwork on the white wall is pretty.
The entrance to Hojo (abbot's living room).
Took a sunset drive toward Shogun-zuka. The view from the observatory at the top of Mt. Higashiyama was spectacular.
The city of Kyoto after sunset.
For dinner, had a bowl of rice and tea soba noodles at "Rokujo Shinmachi Shofukutei", a famous old soba noodle restaurant along Shinmachi Street. The neighborhood.
Chilled tempura soba and seasoned rice.
Went back home and had Sanrensei, from Mifuku Sake Brewry in Shiga Prefecture. This is a refreshing and delicious junmai sake that buy repeatedly at Asano Sake Shop.
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