From the temple stay, I headed to nearby Ryoan-ji, a temple founded in 1450 for use as a Zen training center. Its kare-sansui (dry landscape/rock garden) is one of the most famous in Japan. Using only 15 rocks and white gravel, the 25 by 10 meter garden dates to 1500. I watched junior high school kids as they counted the rocks out loud.

At many temples, for a small fee, someone will do calligraphy for you. I now have a little book with two pages (the first was done at Eikan-do.)
Kyoyochi pond is also quite spectacular.


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