Sunday, June 15, 2014

2014 May: Japan: Kyoto: Mimuroto-ji Temple

Travel Date: May 18, 2014 Sunday 
Mimuroto-ji Temple, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0013, Japan
三室戸寺 21 莵道滋賀谷 Uji,
Open: 8:30 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from November to March)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time; Admission: 500 yen

Aside from Umeda in Osaka, there is another option to reach Kyoto.  I took Keihan Line from Yodobashi station to Chusojima.  Then, exchange to Uji line going to Mimurudo station.

In early weeks of May, you'll see full bloom of azaleas in Mimuroto-ji Temple.  It is about 20 minute walk from the station.  

Check if you can see the signage and directions while being covered by the branches.

Writing prayers; Leaves on lotus plant pots

Most of the Hydrangea buds are still not in blooming, most likely still be in June.  But bees are already all over the place.

Flowers found on the street side while going back to the train station.
How to get to Mimurotoji Temple

Summary of 3 days itinerary in 2014 Spring Osaka, Okayama, Kobe, Kyoto, Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Go to Okayama by train
Wake Wisteria Park, Wake Folk Museum
Go to Kobe by train
Western-style buildings in Kitano area
Walk along Flower Road
Day 2
Go to Kyoto by train
Mimuroto-ji Temple (Azalea)
Kawaramachi Catholic Church
TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
Return to Osaka by train
Namba Parks
Hotel IL Cuore Namba
Day 3
In Osaka, visit Nakanoshima Park (Roses)
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park
Clever Coffee
Cante Grande
First Kitchen Restaurant
Tully's Coffee
Hotel IL Cuore Namba