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When I arrived at my hotel in Kyoto, I was taken to my room by a lovely young lady who suggested a few must see places while I was in Kyoto. She suggested I visit Gion, the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama. As it happened they were all on my list of must-see places. On my second day in Kyoto I decided to visit Arashiyama. It was a bit of a cold, wet day so I briskly walked to the Tenruji Temple



The temple is set in beautiful gardens. I meant to buy a ticket which included entry into the temple but instead managed to buy a ticket for the garden only.




In the end I don’t think it mattered much as the gardens are the most beautiful part of the temple complex.


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The temple overlooks a lake and I imagine the gardens would look spectacular during autumn when the leaves change colour. 

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The temple backs onto the Bamboo Grove so there are plenty of bamboo trees in the garden. 

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You can access the Bamboo Grove directly from the temple grounds. 

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Now in my mind, I was walking through the Grove on my own and enjoying the wind rustling through the leaves. The picture on the right is in fact the reality.

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As you walk along the Grove there’s a sign pointing in the direction of the Okochi Sanso Villa, the former home of a movie actor. 

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The villa, which is not open to the public, is surrounded by gardens.

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The garden is green, lush and very quiet looking out over the hills of Kyoto.

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After the crowds along the Bamboo Grove, I really enjoyed the solitude. As part of the entry fee you’re given Japanese tea and a Japanese sweet. That was my first taste of matcha tea but it wasn't going to be my last as I went to a Japanese tea ceremony later that day. 

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I don’t have any photos of the ceremony at the En Tea House, but I can tell you although I’m not much of a fan of matcha tea (way too bitter for my taste buds) I found the ceremony very graceful and balletic. I bought some matcha tea from Ipoddo and now have a tea scoop and whisk as a memento of my time in Kyoto. I’m sure there will be some matcha flavoured goodies on the blog in the future.

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I walked back to my hotel and passed by this cute little shop. I planned a return visit to buy some goodies but ran out of time. They don't have a website, so I guess I might just have to go back Kyoto.

See you all again next week with some more baking, I think. I just have so many recipes I want to try and not enough time to bake.

Bye for now,

Jillian
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