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Kyoto: visit Zen temples and gardens

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This was our last day in Kyoto and we dedicated it to see some things that we lacked and in the afternoon walking through the areas that we like most in the city.

Votive tablets of Shimogamo Jinja.

In the morning we wake up late, around 9.15 am, and for 680 yen we have breakfast at the hostel's free buffet. Then we took the bus to go to Shimogamo Jinja, a temple with a very large garden that my friend Yuka had recommended. The truth is that it was a very beautiful and very quiet temple, because there was hardly anyone in it. It was crossed by a small stream with crystalline waters, and through the temple you could see the priestesses or Kikyôs (as I call them). After walking through the garden we went towards the Zen garden Ryogen-in.

Bridge and creek of Shimogamo Jinja.

The Ryogen-in is famous for its five Zen gardens. The truth is that this garden is inside an enclosure that has many temples, and in which you have to pay in each. We entered this a little by chance and the truth is that it impressed me. What peace was there, basically because there were four people in the whole garden. So I sat on the curb of the platform and there I stayed for a while contemplating the rocks and the way the sand had been combed. Beautiful. The Ryogen-in is also famous for having the smallest Zen garden in all of Japan.

Zen garden of Ryogen-inRyogen-in Gardens.Japan's smallest Zen garden located in the Ryogen-in.

A while later we went to see the most famous Zen garden in Kyoto: the Ryoan-ji. This Zen garden is located within another very large garden, so to get to the Zen garden you have to take a walk literally. The Ryoan-ji is beautiful, but there was little peace there because, unlike the Ryogen-in, it was overflowing with tourists taking pictures and talking loudly, so we quickly left there and went to the Teramachi shopping street to buy the omiyages (souvenirs) of rigor.

The famous Zen garden Ryoan-ji.

Near Karasuma dori with Shijo, we enter to eat in a restaurant specialized in Curry, the CoCo Curry House. And I have to admit that it's the best curry I've eaten so far. There you could choose the degree of spicy curry (from 0 to 10) and also the companions. I ate a spicy grade 1 curry with breaded pork tenderloin. AMAZING! I recommend that everyone, if you pass by, enter and try it.

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