Kodai-ji is an all-time favorite of us in Kyoto – but I had never seen it by daylight! Both in spring and autumn, they have evening openings with light-ups, which we had gone to three times already (see here for a spring light-up). Now I made it there for the first time in the winter season, and during the day. Not surprisingly, it was a treat.The large dry landscape garden is regularly rearranged in new patterns. This time, there were some circular ones we had not seen before. On the whole, I found that with some of the trees bare in winter time, the garden had a more restrained air than in other seasons, but it was very beautiful nonetheless. One of its beautiful features is how it melts into the surrounding hills of Higashiyama. One of my favorite parts of the grounds is the impressive bamboo grove. Being in there makes me feel like an ant walking through a meadow, with giant blades of grass shooting up into the sky around me. From there, one can catch glimpses of the Yasaka pagoda and the giant statue of Kannon on the side.