Did you know there is an aqueduct in Kyoto Japan?

 In Asia

Checking out the underside of the aqueduct was even more fun than the top

Imagine my surprise when we were walking down the Philosopher’s Path in the Nanzenji temple grounds and came across an aqueduct. Weren’t they invented by the Romans? Shouldn’t this be off in Europe somewhere?

Built in the late 1800s, the Suirokaku Aqueduct was quite controversial. It did not quite fit with the other buildings that made up the temple. Over time this opinion has changed. According to the City of Kyoto web site, “since ancient times Kyoto tackled very skillfully various cultures and it is quite good at changing the character of the things to be called ‘typical Kyoto style’.” It may have been a different architectural style, but somehow it did work. It was also a lot of fun for Dek to run around the arches.

Check out the full report on our stroll down the Philosopher’s Path for more photos. I’m not sure if we got any smarter or had deep thoughts, but we did see some amazing history, played with more rocks and maybe even learned a little bit.

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  • Jen

    What a lovely picture of your family! Exploring places like this are so much fun for kids and grownups! We visited a fort the other day that had tunnel arches like that and we all loved it!

    • © Keryn Means/ walkingon travels

      Thanks so much! I’m just hoping my son gets my shutter bug fever so I can be in a picture with my husband again some day. Ha! I just love stumbling upon the unexpected and this certainly was unexpected.

  • Jessica

    I love the interaction between your husband and your son that is so present in your pictures. It is very obvious that he is a great dad!

    • © Keryn Means/ walkingon travels

      I am forever grateful that my husband came along. There was definitely some divine intervention there since all the guys I dated in college up until him were total jerks. He is the best dad I could ever give my child. In fact, he just got home after a very long day and seemingly longer commute, but he scooped up our son when he walked in the door to put him to bed. Meanwhile I’m working on a blog post 😉

  • wandering educators

    what fun! i had no idea this was here – and i lived there for a while! great, great photo! 🙂

    • © Keryn Means/ walkingon travels

      Give me 20 more minutes and I’ll have a few more photos from this area for you. I’m sad we got there so late. We could have spent a whole day on the grounds!

  • niceartlife

    Great photo! Nice connection between father and son, very nice!

  • Becca@Rwethereyetmom?

    That picture is amazing!! Great capture! Thanks for sharing it with us!


  • Kymri

    I love the composition of that photograph, very nice. And who knew, an aqueduct in Kyoto!

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