On a stroll through Myoshinji Temple in the fall, I took a picture of one of the many sub-temples whose gate happened to be open.
Unless there is a special exhibit or occasion, the sub-temple gates are usually shut tight.
As a working temple that is less interested in tourist lucre than in its stated mission--zen--Myoshinji manages to maintain a very other worldly feel and a very down-to-earth feel.
Priests scurry about in robes while children play in the (almost) car-free paradise of the grounds.
Students and older people use the temple--which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year--for walks or to cut through on the way to Hanazono Station or school.
The grounds are vast, and the thrum of traffic soon recedes as you enter the gates.
Take the Saiin Line four stops on the local line from Kyoto Station. Get off at Hanazono Station. From there it is a five-minute walk to the south gate.
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Monday, March 17, 2008