Anyway... on to the blog!
|Plum Blossoms at Nijo Castle|
Our original plan was to go to the recently opened Kyoto Aquarium, but once we arrived there, we changed or minds. The line to get in was nearly a two-hour wait! There was a lot of protests about this aquarium being built, since there are already three other ones in the area, but even after the city abandoned the project, a private company took it up. The aquarium features a dolphin show and river animals section. It was such a nice day, and with the sheer amount of kids, we decided it would be best to instead walk from the aquarium up to Nijo Castle, where we could enjoy the blue skies and cherry blossoms.
On the path to Nijo, on Hirokawa Dori, there are a bunch of other places to see, many of which I have blogged about before, like the Kyoto Costume Museum and Nishihonganji. The Town Mouse had never seen Kara-Mon, the expertly carved wooden gate inside Nishihonganji, so we took a pit stop to go and see it. Here are some of the details of the gate:
After showing her the gate, we continued our journey northward to Nijo. Nijo Castle is beautiful all throughout the year, and they are currently having a light-up, which we attended last year. Unfortunately, as it was last year, the light-up is not scheduled very well with the actual blooming of the trees, so if you plan on going, plan to attend in the last few days of the event to see the most blossoms. There were hardly any trees blooming when we went- none of their plums had blossomed, except for a small grove on the western side of the castle gardens. Still, it was a gorgeous day, and a lot of fun. Nijo Castle is one of our favorite places in Kyoto. (Admission: 600 yen)