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The Beautiful Temples and Gardens of Kyoto

I’ve dreamed of Kyoto and its thousands of temples for as long as I’ve dreamed of Japan. I love Japanese architecture and zen gardens. One day, when I own a home, my backyard will be designed as a Japanese zen garden, complete with pond, koi fish, rock garden, and little waterfall. On my recent visit [&hellip

by Matt Kepnes Posted on 23 May 2012

I’ve dreamed of Kyoto and its thousands of temples for as long as I’ve dreamed of Japan. I love Japanese architecture and zen gardens. One day, when I own a home, my backyard will be designed as a Japanese zen garden, complete with pond, koi fish, rock garden, and little waterfall. On my recent visit to Japan with G Adventures, Kyoto was the only place I wanted to see as much as Tokyo. Though it rained (sometimes heavily) during my visit, Kyoto, with its temples and gardens, was even more beautiful than I had imagined. I spent hours wandering historic streets and darting in and out of tranquil temples. I ended up sitting down, listening to music, and staring out at one zen garden for over an hour.

But instead of yapping on about Kyoto’s sublime and blissful beauty, I’ll let Kyoto show you itself:

[caption id="attachment_8008" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="Kinkaku-ji, a.k.a. The temple of the Golden Pavilion"]Kinkaku-ji, a.k.a. The temple of the Golden Pavilion[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8009" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="The famous rock garden at Ryoan – ji Temple (my favorite)"]The famous rock garden at Ryoan – ji Temple (my favorite)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8010" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="A torri gate at Ryoan – ji Temple"]A torri gate at Ryoan – ji Temple[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8011" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="Ryoan – ji Temple"]Ryoan – ji Temple[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8012" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="Kodaiji temple rock garden"]Kodaiji temple rock garden[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8013" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="Kinkaku-ji temple entrance"]Kinkaku-ji temple entrance[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8014" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="A path in Daitoku-ji temple complex"]A path in Daitoku-ji temple complex[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8015" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="Entokuin temple rock garden"]Entokuin temple rock garden[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8016" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="One of the many temples in the Daitoku-ji temple complex "]One of the many temples in the Daitoku-ji temple complex  [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8017" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="Chorakuji temple"]Chorakuji temple[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8018" align="aligncenter" width="610" caption="Entokuin temple rock garden"]Entokuin temple rock garden[/caption]