Kyoto has 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto shrines.
Here are a few photos of some of the temples and shrines, that my neighbor George recently visited, and the beautiful gardens that surround them.
This almost looks like a peaceful caretaker's cottage (above). What do you think?
The details of these ancient structures (below) are exquisite.
This (below) seems like an idyllic country scene.
I love how the pagoda (below) peeks above the roof line of the village.
Even the placement of the trees seems deliberate.
These structures have a fairytale-like quality.
I think the time of year (late summer/early fall) is just perfect in these photos.
An old covered bridge - reminding us that the winters can be hard here.
These zen gardens are so lovely. Why do I have the urge to run through the sand and leave my footprints behind? I'm such a brat.
Someone has taken the time to rake these so beautifully, leaving no trace of themselves behind.
Have a peaceful day!