July 13th

Today, we visited Nijo Castle and the surrounding park. It was amazing to enter the palace! We walked through the corridors, got to have a look into the beautiful traditional rooms with the pretty wall paintings on golden ground, tatami inside and wood and paper doors outside.
The park was a perfect Japanese garden. It was beautiful from every angle and it was like all the gardens: a place of silence and peace to free your mind and simply enjoy nature, blocking out all noises from the huge town outside.

Afterwards, we continued to the Golden Pavillon (or Golden Temple) in which is no spirituality was left because of all the tourists there. Still, the building was fascinating and the surrounding park was a beautiful, perfect and stunning unique piece of art. Sadly, there were several touristic shops inside as well, so we coudn’t really relax end enjoy the beauty of this place.

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