Gems on the way to Katsura River

While hoards of sightseers flooded the main thoroughfare heading towards the Bamboo Forest, I wandered back streets heading in the opposite direction and discovered there was more to admire than just the forest.

Near Hogonin Temple, Arashiyama
Japanese garden near Hogonin Temple, Arashiyama

Before reaching Katsura River, I came across a small Japanese garden. Further along the lane, a parade of men from samurai to philosophers lined my route that made me glad I’d taken an alternative round about route.

Past Hogonin Temple, Arashiyama
Near Hogonin Temple, Arashiyama