I had never seen weather like that. It snowed. When the sun came through, the snow just kept going. Then the clouds regained the sky and it snowed heavier than before.
Shirakawa-go is a sleepy village deep in the mountains. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its traditional and peculiar architectural style. I had seen pictures of it over the years and been intrigued by it, but somehow never caught the name of the village, or just as likely, always quickly forgot its name. One day, a friend of mine told me that she was planning a weekend trip to Shirakawa-go and showed me pictures of it. Finally the connection in my brain was made. She offered to take me along. It was a warm weekend in August and this is what we saw.
After Arashiyama, my friend and I met up with others to visit Kiyomizu-dera, one of the biggest and most visited temple complexes of Kyoto. It is set on a hill in the eastern outskirts of Kyoto. Its main temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and is always worth a visit. At the foot of the temple complex lies a traditional quarter with street after street filled with small shops, restaurants, and just plainly gorgeous townhouses. The main temple of Kiyomizu is built on top of a grandiose wooden stage from which one has a fabulous view over Kyoto.