Outside Kyoto's To-ji Temple

Bamboo, sand gardens, buddhist statues, and elephants

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Just outside To-ji Temple, there are three or four much smaller temples that you might enjoy seeing. Instead of entering To-ji, head off to the right of the entrance. As in many temples, the little details you come upon can be surprising and delightful. In these small temples I found a beautiful little sand garden, locals in prayer, some very nice statues, gorgeous wood, and even an elephant! The elephant caught my eye because an elderly woman stood in front of it for 30 minutes with her camera, trying to capture its magnificence. She showed me her shots, and I am sure that they were much better than mine! How I envied that!

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com