Kyoto’s Ginkaku-ji temple garden is my favourite. The silver temple was closed due to renovations but the magical garden walk still makes it worth to trouble in getting there across town from the Roanji and Golden temples.
I bought the ¥500 all day bus ticket which is a great fare saver because each separate fare is ¥220 and it’s multiple trips to any of these sight -seeing places. If you get the schematic for the bus routes combined with the Kyoto map you will have much to see in Kyoto, the capital of Japan.
From Ginkaku-ji you can walk the path of philosophy nearly all the way to Gion and the hundreds of delicious eating houses along the river and in laneways. Practice your Nihongo first though or look for eigo/french menus.
The food is very good, the variety and sheer number of cafés would stagger people from Melbourne which in Australia is renowed for the number of cafés and eating places. Its staggering food and shopping aplenty.
That’s why this Lent I’m giving up Australian food till after the anniversary of the Easter Rising.