Welcome back to my random wandering. Today, I'm staying in town and touring the areas that I missed out on the last time I was here and focused primarily on the core.Tokusatsu/Toei Superhero (ie: Power Rangers/Kamen Rider)on the second. Once you leave the building, you enter the back lot proper and find yourself into a small medieval Japanese town with inns, merchants district, castle gate, and other set pieces. There are a few general fun house style (haunted house, ninja house, maze), attractions but no rides proper as you'd expect of a working set.
From here, it's a short hop to Ryoanji Temple where I view the traditional zen rock garden:
About this time I'm hungry so I was going to stop into another of the by the plate sushi places but it's packed solid: about 20 people at the door. So, I move on and grab a buffet of Kyoto style dishes: primarily vegetarian dishes as Kyoto had a large Buddhist population to service but all good.
It's getting towards the end of the day for most of these sites, so I walk over and hop the subway down to Kyoto Station where I tour the Nishi-Honganji and Higashi-Honganji Temple sites. Both are undergoing extensive restoration work on site but they're massive in size and the headquarters for two separate sects of Buddhism who once shared the grounds before they had a disagreement of interpretation.
Tomorrow's forecast: Sunny, no chance of silver linings.