A bit out of the way. Has some nice views of the river and the bamboo grove is a nice walk. I was disappointed however with the temples; it gets tedious after a while to pay 500 yen each time you want to see one. I’m not questioning their beauty or cultural value but unless one is a student of Shinto-Buddhism, Japanese History, or Architecture they all sort of start to blur together and I was left with the feeling that I was paying over and over to see the same thing.
That’s my personal limitation and I don’t begrudge the fact that it costs money to maintain these spaces and a good way to provide that money is for people to pay for the privilege of visiting. But for the casual temple goer I think it makes the most sense to visit a few highlight temples and then spend time seeing and doing other things around Kyoto.
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