We wandered all over Gion at dark and ran into a couple of landmarks, which during this time of the year, were all lit up. We had no intention of sightseeing further after dinner, but it was difficult to peer away from these mysterious temples. We didn't walk inside the Kodai-ji grounds, but I guess within is a garden created by one of Japan's most famous garden designers. At one of its entrances are steps flanked by pretty trees on either side and a bamboo grove on one side.
This was the most crowded temple we've been to. There's something to be said about its location which sits on top of a hill overlooking Kyoto. It is again one of Kyoto's sites of historic importance that is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list. One of the buildings in this compound is also supported by wooden pillars constructed without any nails.
Also, I had a curiosity to see what is actually inside the temples, except they actually don't allow it (not that I tried). It would be a deeper cultural experience to actually get a sense of what goes on inside as opposed to just admire from the outside.
Up next.. the reason why I decided to drag The Dutch to Japan: Food.