Perhaps my favourite place in Kyoto now is 平等院 (Byōdō-in). A thousand years of history surrounds you in tranquility of this stunning temple, garden and museum.
While this area is absolutely packed with tourists, I was fortunate enough to grab shots while huge crowds had just moved through the area to give the illusion of vacant spaces.
Foreign tourists were so few here it was shocking (but very pleasing). I guess the 30 minute train ride from Kyoto is just too far for most because after leaving this area and arriving at temples closer to Kyoto central it was overflowing with foreigners.
After Byōdō-in, I headed to Fushimi Inari-taisha.
Then into the area leading up to Kiyomizu Dera.
Finally I headed into Gion. I was lucky to spot a Geisha heading past but only at the last moment. I certainly did not do any justice to her grace, but I was happy to glimpse her nonetheless.
Tomorrow I will head back to Kyoto and spend more time in my favourite areas and hopefully visit a few new places too.