Kyoto is famous of their infinite number of temples and shrines, old building, Japanese gardens, imperial garden and palace and the geishas. Having only one and half days in Kyoto (what is way less you really want to spend there) we tried to get the most in little time: we hit Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon in Peace) as our target. Old temple (now everybody knows that because it ends with -ji, right?) with many sub-temples and zen gardens. All of this it one place, nice one!
Here you can find photos of the temple itself and the garden between the sub-temples. Unfortunately the main temple was closed.
The garden was very nice, but it is hard to take good photos to preserve the atmosphere. So if you want to see impressive zen gardens: please wait a soon to come post about a sub-temple or even better, click here!
The main reason of visiting Nara: Todai-ji temple: largest wooden building in the world, biggest Buddha statue in Japan, largest bronze Buddha statue of the world. Pretty impressive facts and not to forget that the building itself is also pretty impressive.
Few of the many temples and shrines located in Nara Park. Hard to walk few ten meters not to see one. It is good to know that the traditional Japanese religion, the Shintoism and the Buddhism can live near each other without any problem, they don’t mind if there is a shrine near a temple or such.
Few basic (and relatively easy observable) differences: