This was the closest temple to our hotel, but we saved it to our last day. Firstly, it’s free, and secondly, it’s huge. The setting and the buildings make for great photos. The gate had an upstairs, which charges JPY 500/each, but it is well worth it. The views from the top are spectacular, both of Kyoto and surrounding mountains and of the temple itself. We had a lovely time wandering around, taking photographs and marveling at the ancient buildings. The trees themselves are worth the visit. There is also an associated garden for an extra charge, which we didn’t go in, as we’d seen plenty of gardens by now! Very worthwhile, and easily accessible from Keage station. If you are staying at the Westin Miyako, it’s less than 10 mins walk!
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