When I saw the torii gate at Chishaku-in Temple, I didn't have overly high expectations - it seemed too new, abstract and fanciful. Well, I was wrong, happily wrong. This is a beautiful temple with beautiful wood floors and walkways, beautiful wall paintings, and a beautiful tranquil garden. The whole place is vibrant and shines with life. It is clean and well-cared for, fresh and refreshing, a quiet place to sit and lift your spirits. It is not visited by as many tourists as some of the other temples with gardens, so for me it was a perfect getaway! I visited in early May, and loved it!
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