I spent a great time last month in Kyoto as I visited a couple of temples and had delicious traditional Japanese food.
When I’m in Tokyo, it’s quite difficult to spend nice and calm time and I was able to purify my soul during that trip.
The first temple I visited was the Ohara Sanzenin.
This temple is in a rural town nestled in the mountains of northern Kyoto and the landscape is very beautiful.
Also it is known for its beautiful moss covering a garden and the Momiji (maple leaves) in Autumn.
I’d like to visit it during the Autumn season someday.
The second one was the Entsuji Temple.
This garden employs the “borrowed landscape” technique.
It’s difficult to find out in my picture but usually you can see Mount Hiei through the trees in the back.
I spent a very quiet time contemplate the garden.
The last one was the famous Kiyomizu Temple.
This temple makes me excited every time I visit!
I went to the Pontocho district for dinner and had great dishes with Maiko-san.
There are many geisha houses and traditional tea houses there.
The ceramics and vessels made with tortoise shells were just beautiful.
The last two pictures are in Tokyo.
It’s the oldest temple in Tokyo, surrounded by modern buildings and within the Tokyo Skytree’s sight.
I think it’s interesting how new and old things are mixing up in Tokyo!