It took some doing to get to this area, but it was worth the trip. The temple is up in the mountains in a much less populated area, and the location contributed to the lack of crowds which was a real plus. We took a lot of photos with no other human being in them! Very relaxing and a nice getaway if you are a little burned out on people and noise. A few other tidbits: Maps and guidebooks tell you to take the 17 bus, but there are two of them so be careful. You want the 17 bus that stops in the "C" area of the bus terminal, NOT the "A" area. We learned that the hard way. Also, there isn't a lot of English on the ticket but you can get some tea and cake with your admission--just sit on the red mats facing the garden and someone will deliver it to you. My only caveat is the length of time to get here, so if you have only a few days in Kyoto you might choose the more convenient but equally beautiful temples closer to town. If you don't mind the time, I would definitely recommend this trip.
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