Zen garden! I just want to run out there with a rake!
You can see the Ryōzen Kannon sticking out of the trees.
Kevin walking around the garden
Me in front of a scenic pond and Kodai-ji Zen Temple
Side view of the Ryōzen Kannon from the Kodai-ji Zen Temple
Ryōzen Kannon and War Memorial building
Ryōzen Kannon close-up
Through the gate
From there we headed back through Maruyama Park, which was gorgeous. The park has a weeping cherry tree, musical entertainment, and what appeared to be a heron trained to pose for pictures.
Music captured in a video I haven't uploaded yet
Park and Weeping Cherry Tree
To get to Gion, we passed through the Yasaka Shrine. Seriously, you can't get from point A to Point B in Kyoto without accidentally walking through a beautiful shrine or temple.
In Gion we walked around some more, did some shopping, and finally headed to the train station for our hotel reservation in Osaka that evening.
River in Gion
Streets in Gion