We went to Gioji Temple at the recommendation from our friends the previous night at dinner. It was great. It was off the beaten path and beautiful. Unfortunately, my lack of knowledge on my new camera showed with these pictures and I'm not really happy with the lighting on them. It was dim and green and serene and many of the pictures feel over exposed for me. Here's what I got that I feel best captures this place.
|Fallen leaves on the moss. Everything was covered with different types of mosses. They had pots off to the side showing all the different varieties of moss, I think there were about a dozen.|
|The maple trees over the mossy ground.|
|A small fountain.|
|A little old lady sweeping the leaves off of the moss.|
|This is from our walk between temples. It was pretty farm land.|
|Rooms connected by covered wooden flooring.|
|This long hallway is where we tried to walk quietly. We both decided that we probably shouldn't try to change our profession to Ninja.|
|Across the lake back towards the temple.|
|Bamboo. These are about 4-6 inches across at the base.|
|Jeff with the bamboo curving over the path above him.|
|Another heron that was feeling photogenic.|
Wow! What a day. Sorry for the long blog, it's making me tired just remembering it all. We headed back to our hotel, got cleaned up and went out to dinner. We found a tiny Italian place that was great. It actually tasted like Italian food not Japanese food with some tomatoes. This is from our walk to dinner.