On Christmas Day itself we took the train to the outskirts of Kyoto, to its Arashiyma district, and explored some of Kyoto’s Temples ad Gardens. Specifically Tenryu-ji Zen Temple surrounding area including Sogenchi Garden.
Tenryu-ji Zen Temple is inscribed on the World Heritage List as a Historic Monument of Ancient Kyoto. Originally built in 1255 as a detached palace with a view of Mt. Arashiyama, Tenryu-ji Zen Temple was converted into a Zen Temple in 1339. Its dynamic and sophisticated garden in built around a pond, with rock groupings forming ryumon-baku (Dragon Gate) waterfalls, stone bridges, and rock islands.
Just outside the Temple is a beautiful Bamboo Path and Gardens.
We also enjoyed walking around the Arashiyma District, especially taking in the design of some of the houses down the back roads and lane ways.
Of course the girls kept pestering us for a man-buggy but walking let us do it at our pace.