This is an amazing city, it holds some of my favourite soul pictures (these are the pictures I take in my mind, then stored in my soul). Kyoto has been Japan’s capital for more then 11 centuries; it’s full of beautiful temples, shrines, pottery shops, wonderful gardens. We had a daily bus pass (highly recommend it) so we’ve managed to see a lot in 3 days:
Kinkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple with a stunning garden. It’s breathtaking!
Ginkaku-ji is another Zen temple which has a famous sand garden; the pile of sand seen in this garden is said to symbolise Mount Fuji.
Ryoan-ji is a Zen Temple listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its garden is considered one of the (if not the) finest surviving examples of kare-sansui (“dry landscape”), a refined type of Japanese Zen temple garden design generally featuring distinctive larger rock formations arranged amidst a sweep of smooth pebbles (small, carefully selected polished river rocks) raked into linear patterns that facilitate meditation (Wikipedia). And hand on heart, you cannot not be happy, and peaceful when you look at this garden’s perfection. I could’ve stayed a whole day there meditating…
Nanzen-ji was built in 1291, then destroyed by fire in 1393, 1447, and 1467, rebuilt in 1597.
Nijo Castle built in 1603.