On the last morning of our Kyoto trip, Nana and I hoofed it out to Arashiyama, a woodsy district in the foothills of the mountains to the west of town. Our first stop was Tenryu-ji, a bustling temple with a huge forest garden.
Tenryu-ji, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. It's a spectacular site in the autumn, most famous for its use of the hills behind as "borrowed scenery" and for a massive and well-tended bamboo grove.
If you don't mind, I'll let the photos speak for themselves!
|Yet another of those odd, fachwerk-haus gates.|
|A brilliant dash of momiji (Japanese maple) at a little shrine near the main gate.|
|A hint of borrowed scenery.|
|Did I mention that it was a spectacularly clear day?|
|Looking out over the temple grounds from the top of the hill.|
Many of Kyoto's temple gardens have a little hilltop path at the back.
|A little ornamental pond . . .|
|. . . with a very serene-looking frog.|
|As you can tell from this next batch of photos,|
I was completely captivated by this huge bamboo grove.
|The picture can't quite capture the eerie depth of the place,|
or the wind whispering through.