Our first full day in Kyoto was amazing. Everywhere I looked there was beauty...in the gardens, the architecture, the people, and even the presentation of our lunch!
We began with a visit to this garden in a sub-temple at Daitoku-ji Monastery which was so wonderful that I totally ran out of time and never actually walked IN the garden, I spent my time strolling around inside the temple, marveling at everything I was seeing, and taking photographs of the garden from various vantage points. Suddenly it was time for our group to go to lunch, and I wished I could have stayed there another hour or two. As you can see the colors in the garden were both beautiful and calming.
The walkway entrance to the temple and gardens was divided into three distinct sections, giving the visitor time to quiet themselves for the experience.
Section two of three before entering the garden.
Fence tops along the entrance path.
The actual entrance gate.
After our time in the garden, we walked to another area of the monastery, admiring the varied and unique architectural detail along the way. Then, following lunch we visited another sub-temple with an entirely different type of "garden" known as a dry garden. Still very beautiful in its own way.
Couldn't have asked for a more impressive beginning to our time in Kyoto.