We arrived relatively early on a Saturday morning and it was not too busy - later on in the day it was very crowded. The temple is wonderful with fantastic views over Kyoto. Apparently it was built without using a single nail, and the supporting structure is amazing! Look out for the turtles in the pools of the garden. The streets leading up to the temple are not only full of pottery shops, but the other streets have many shops selling sweets, crackers, pickles, all sorts of things to eat so you can graze happily from shop to shop trying all the things on offer. There is also a kimono hire shop nearby (walking down the hill down a passage way on the right) so this area has many people dressed in kimonos wandering around and taking photos in the gardens - not real geishas but adding very much to the Kyoto atmosphere all the same. Highly recommended. We came back to return the kimono in the evening and the temple was beautifully lit - but the entrance fee goes up accordingly for the night-time entry!
PS be sure to try the sakura and green tea flavour ice cream (maybe only available in cherry blossom season!)
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