Did you know there is an aqueduct in Kyoto Japan?
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.