Kamo was the the capital of Japan from 740-744. It’s not really a major tourist destination in Kyoto but a really nice place to see some old cultural heritage and a good place to maybe get lost 🙂
Last Autumn 2014, I missed the first walking event organized by Mr.RB but he was very nice to do it again. Some of the leaves were gone already but we got the place to ourselves. We don’t have to compete with local tourist to see the places. It was cold but the walk warmed us and we saw some really interesting stone carvings along the way.
Our first destination is Gansenji(岩船寺). From Kamo Station, we took the community bus bound for 加茂山の家行き. It was the last stop and the temple was just 1 minute walk from the bus stop. It’s 600 yen to get inside.
The Pagoda again with the remaining maple leaves.
The temple ground.
You can go inside the main temple of Gansenji and see old Buddhist relic or ring the small metal bowl for good fortune.
After we left Gansenji, we went to another temple but this one is free unless you go inside the main hall.
The panoramic view of the temple.
But before that we found a pottery store and the two girls who were with got so excited and started shopping 🙂
We walked around as saw some really cool stone sculpture/statues which no ones really knows when it was made
Like this Buddha statue carved at the side of the mountain. We could not get any closer so this was taken across from it.
The Laughing Buddha. I guess these carvers or stone masons just randomly start to carve whenever they saw a big stone.
This one has seen better days. But the outline is still there.
Can you see the little statues on top of the rocks?
Another thing I like about places like Kamo, is that you can find small unmanned vegetable store. You buy local produce but instead of paying the owners, you put your payment in the box.
Local farm store. The lady here is really nice, when saw me kept looking this:
She gave me one. It’s called “Fox Face”. Its not edible and is only used for decoration.
When I came home, my backpack was really heavy. And this is one of the reason.
In the Philippines, we call it Sayote and yes I made some really nice Chicken Tinola(Stew) with it.
It was a really nice walk. Thanks to RB the whole group had an amazing time at Kamo.