Garden at Shoren-in Temple – image © Damien Douxchamps
If you’re going to visit Southern Higashiyama, don’t miss Shoren-in Temple. It’s not nearly as crowded at other temples in the area and the garden is superb. I recommend paying extra for a cup of a tea and a sweet, which you can enjoy while gazing over this enclosed paradise.
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