Travel Photos – Gardens and Temples.

Daitoku-ji

The following pictures are of temples and gardens within the Daitoku-ji complex in Kyoto. The temple complex has numerous subtemples, Zen raked stone gardens and meandering laneways. The first two pictures come from the Daisen-in subtemple.

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Koto-in.

The picture below shows the entrance to Koto-in, a beautiful moss lined path leads to a temple that contains its own garden and moss covered lawn with maple trees in front of a large bamboo grove. One of the most beautiful gardens we visited in Kyoto.

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Zuiho-in

At this subtemple many sublime examples of the dry landscape garden exist. Referred to as ‘The Garden of the Cross’ due to a landscape architect named Shigemori Misuzu, who in the 1960s, arranged the rocks in one of the gardens in the form of a crucifix.

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Pontocho

Not strictly a temple or garden but located in the city of temples and gardens; Kyoto. A pedestrian only street, this charming walkway was filled with bars and restaurants with lanterns and traditional wooden exteriors. Here we glimpsed a geisha hurrying from one of the many drinking establishments. Unfortunately, the picture turned out blurred and so I was left with this group of signs from the entrance of the street.

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