We tried to take the bus from Sanjo-Keihan but the bus was so packed when it came by that we had to try again the next day, this time from Kyoto Station. The bus leaves from bay C3 and costs ¥550. The walk from Ohara station to Sanzen-in is uphill and I was afraid it would be too much for my mum, but she did okay with a couple of stops. There's lots to see on the way up--interesting pickle shops and a lovely stream with beautiful trees overhanging. Sanzen-in itself is exquisite. Utterly beautiful gardens, with beautiful autumn foliage in mid-November when we visited. Just superb, and well worth the ride out of Kyoto. I hope to come here again!
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