|Heian Shrine, Kyoto|
|Bamboo. Path to Shoren-in Temple|
The next afternoon I took a bus to the Golden Temple (Kinkakuji). By the time I got there the sky was overcast and as I walked in I could hear thunder. I walked around the paths, which were shaded by a canopy of beautiful large maple trees, and arrived at the lake where the temple, covered on the top two floors with gold leaf, stood like a shining island.
|Offerings at Kiyomizu Temple|
|Water cups at Kiyomizu Temple|
Kyoto claims to have more than 1000 shrines and temples. We only saw a few, but found each one different and interesting and in harmony with nature.
|Stepping Stones at the Heian Shrine|