When I visited this large Buddhist temple in hydrangea season virtually across the road from Sanjusangen-do, I didn't even know its name! It seems it is not well known among foreigners, and I have to wonder why... I thought the gardens were outstanding. Some views of the hydrangea garden took my breath away, and the inner garden of Daisho-in was one of the best I've ever seen. Daisho-in also had many very beautiful painted sliding doors. Apparently temple stays are possible here if you are interested in that sort of thing.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.