Our next adventure involved going to a completely different area of Kyoto and visiting the Tenryu-ji Monastery - with yet another beautiful garden. But on this day we also visited the 200 year old Hogo-in Villa on the monastery grounds, ventured into the town and tried to find a place for lunch (one where we could understand the menu and order something we thought we would like) and finished with a walk through the bamboo forest on the way to the home of a Japanese period film actor.
Our first stop, the monastery gardens, are some of the oldest in Kyoto. They were designed by a renowned priest, meditation teacher, and garden designer in the 1300's.
We left the gardens to walk to another area of the monastery to visit the 200 year old Hogo-in Villa, which is an wonderful example of a very inventive type of Japanese architecture.
The exterior of the villa.
The gardens seen from inside the villa.
Another view of the garden, this time taken through the rippled glass of 200 year old windows.
A detail from inside the villa.
We wandered around the monastery grounds both before and after lunch, enjoying the garden details and interesting statuary.
Eventually our group left the monastery grounds and took a short walk to the bamboo forest - which turned out to be completely mobbed with people! There were tourists from other countries, but primarily Japanese families were enjoying the walk through the forest. Personally, I was disappointed in the area, the bamboo was fenced off, so we walked a path that was surrounded on both sides by a six foot fence. Somehow, it wasn't what I had imagined.