Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kyoto


We were lucky enough to gain entry to a tour at the Imperial Palace - the Great Hall.
To gain entry just go to the office and show your passport & they will register you for a tour if they have one that day. Limited though so go early.
Imperial Palace - the Chrysanthemum seal

The Crane reception room for visiting commoners in old times


View of the Shogun's residence in old times - Nijo Castle
Gardens in the Shogun's grounds - Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle grounds.
The residence had traditional Nightingale floors where they creak a high pitched noise when you walk on them so that no one could ever sneak up in attack on the residence - very cool security.

I think this one of the entrances to Nijo Castle

The husband was fascinated by Japanese marketing 'powerful energy'

1 comment:

  1. just beautiful! this is the part of japan i really wanted to see. We only stayed in Tokyo though, too much city for me.

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