The old shrine, which contains a medieval Buddha statue of the Kamakura era.
A couple of curious tanuki statues with pilgrim hats.
Some more stones...
A glimpse of the bamboo forest one can go see on the way back to the station.
A completely different sight in Kyoto was the large garden at the Sento Palace. The Palace, for retired Emperors, burned down in 1854 and was not rebuilt. But its 17th century gardens remain. The best time to visit them is probably November, to admire the color of its many maples. But it is attractive year round.
A shady stream
I had not expected to see 4 herons, a cormorant, and 2 turtles! All peacefully sunning themselves.
Of course, rare is the Japanese strolling garden without a bridge...
I will show some pictures of Kennin-ji in my next post. I just discovered this small temple, thanks to Aya-san, and I think it is one of my favorites.