19th MARCH 2017 ~ We were going to the next must-visit tourist attraction in Kyoto - Kiyomizu Dera. However, after we jumped out of the bus, we had to walk up quite a distance through a small traditional Japanese village to get to that place. I just found out the name of the place is Higashiyama District. This was the first time I saw so many women wearing bright floral printed kimonos walking on the streets.
Unfortunately, there were just too many people at that time - locals and foreigners alike. The streets were quite narrow so at times, we had to move really slow. At the same time, the houses on the left and right had been converted into small shops selling all sorts of souvenirs to tourists, so there were people who made short stops to see the items on sale.
However, you could be deceived by the kimono-clad ladies. They could just be other tourists renting the kimonos for the day and pretended to be Japanese. I could sometimes hear them speaking in other languages.
I first thought this was the attraction but NO, there was still a long way to go.
I for once wanted to get away from the crowd who seemed to grow by the number. Where did all these people come from? There was no way for us to lose our way to Kiyomizudera - we just literally followed the direction where these strangers were moving.