Lovely moss garden and thatched roof at Gioji, an often overlooked temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto.
A visit to the slightly off-the-beaten path temple in Kyoto, a monzeki temple in which retired Emperors resided. Located next to the oldest, partly survived Shinden-style garden pond.
An unexpected stop at Ryozen Kannon in Higashiyama, Kyoto, dedicated to those who were lost on both sides of WWII.
A trip to famous Arashiyama famous bamboo groves, only to be disappointed by how crowded it was . . . and an unexpected worthy visit to the nearby Tenryuji.
A visit to Uji, a city south of Kyoto known for green tea and its temples and shrines, especially Byodo-in which is imprinted on the back of the 10-yen coin.