A beautiful nighttime view of Toji Temple in Kyoto. Photo by Brett Homenick.
A daytime view of Toji Temple. Photo by Brett Homenick.
I hope I'll get another chance to look around at the city in greater detail. Kyoto has so much to offer, and even though I was there for three days in 2011, I still missed quite a bit (such as Kiyomizu-dera). If only shinkansen tickets weren't so expensive!
As much as I wanted to go up Kyoto Tower (which Godzilla destroyed in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II with his atomic ray), circumstances prevented that. At least that was something I did get to do back in 2011. That will have to be added to the to-do list for next time!
Kyoto Tower's observation deck gives its patrons an excellent view of the city. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Naturally, I couldn't go to Kyoto without actually visiting Kyoto Station, itself a location of the climactic battle between Gamera and Irys in Gamera 3 (1999). While I'm not a huge fan of that film, it's always interesting to see such pieces of kaiju eiga history in person.
Kyoto Station, as seen from the outside. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Gamera and Irys once battled here: An inside view of Kyoto Station. Photo by Brett Homenick.
All in all, I truly enjoyed revisiting Kyoto, as bleary-eyed as I was to be there. Why was I so bleary-eyed? Keep it here for the full report!