Byodoin Temple Originally a pond garden for boating laid out in the 11th century. The construction of the temple and its garden was intended to recreate the Buddhist paradise in this world. Addr.: 116, Renge, Uji, Kyoto. 40 min. by train from Keihan-Sanjo to Uji on Keihan-Uji Line, or 30 min. by train from Kyoto Sta. to Uji Sta. on JR Nara Line.
The beautiful grounds include a two-acre reflecting lake, peacocks, swans, ducks, meditation niches, and little waterfalls. The mountains in the background and the lush gardens complete the scene.
Chishakuin TempleChishakuin Temple Is beautiful Landscape garden for viewing from within a building, designed by Sen-no-Rikyu (1522-1591), the great ceremonial tea master of the Momoyama Period. The garden retains a vestige of its former glory. Addr.: Higashiyama Shichijo, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto. Near Higashiyama Shichijo Bus Stop.