The 287 steps to Kuon-ji Temple are quite a challenge for the average adult. However, my 8-year-old son definitely found the climb less of a challenge. Once I reached the top of the staircase, looking back down almost brought on a bout of vertigo.
I understand that the temple receives close to 1.5 million visitors a year. However, judging from what I observed in cherry-blossom season, my guess is that a large proportion of those visitors come during this time. The cherry blossoms are definitely beautiful, but I prefer visiting the temple when there are fewer people.
My kids are definitely different from regular Japanese children as they simply don’t adhere to social norms. This photo is a case in point. My son was trying to reach the offerings to the temple in full view of the pilgrims. Sometimes you just have to preserve the moment, no matter how embarrassing.