Back in Kyoto!

Kyoto: Jan 6 and I got my wish: to celebrate my 50th birthday here...

Jan 6th, after travelling via bullet train Jan 5th from Yamagata to Tokyo, then Tokyo to Kyoto, we met up with Saeko, to begin exploring Kyoto. This is the corner of Nijo Castle,

which is a short distance from the old Imperial Palace grounds in the center of Kyoto, and was built about 400 years ago as the "home" of the Shogun.

It was easy to reach, as it was right across the street from the hotel we were staying at, seen here looking back through the gates!

After passing through the outer gate at the moat, there is an inner gate immediately inside...

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