The Flowers of Yoshimine-dera

Beauty in the Springtime Mist

By Bonson Lam    - 1 min read

Yoshimine-dera lies in the mountains west of Muko less than an hour from Kyoto. Feel the peace as you walk amongst the manicured gardens, especially in the rain and mist of Spring when all you hear is the raindrops, the waterfall and the occasional gong of the temple bell. Even in the middle of Golden Week this place is an oasis of calm. Buy a picnic lunch from the shops in Higashi Muko and take the Route 66 bus every hour to this hidden treasure.

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Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric lane ways of Kyoto last century. From the skies above Sapporo to the old charm of Naha's alleyways, I have been enchanted by the beauty and variety on every island. I am humbled to have met many distinguished people in my role as Regional Partner, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperial Family. From sushi cooking classes to Ninja training grounds I welcome your ideas on what you like from Please visit us in Kyoto or Osaka and have some green tea or sake with us.