When I lived in Kyoto, Daigoji was only 20 minutes by bicycle from my home, so I went there many times. It is so beautiful at every time of year, but it has a reputation for wonderful cherry blossoms. This mean it gets kind of crowded during spring, especially on weekends, but don't let that stop you visiting. There are many cherry trees in the grounds, including a large weeping cherry, and an avenue of cherry trees between tile capped walls. My favorite view was of petals floating on the pond next to pretty Benten-do and its arched red bridge.
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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.