Sakura in bloom at Nanzen-ji’s Sanmon or the blazing maple leaves at Eikando in autumn. In winter, the views are more stark and austere which has its own charm. One definite advantage is that there is no sign of the crowds that ply the sights in spring and autumn.Winter is maybe not the most popular season to visit Kyoto. It being Kyoto, it is however not hard to find beauty. Of course it’s hard to measure up to the
Arriving in the morning, we basically had the sights all to ourselves and could stroll around undisturbed and at our leisure. Since many of the trees are evergreen and also the beautiful moss that is part of many Zen gardens remains green, the temple gardens remain very attractive also in mid-winter. Sometimes, even some early blossoms can be found, and the Camellia are now in bloom. If it only wasn’t for the cold feet one incurs when walking only in socks or in slippers over the ice-cold temple floors! But in the stillness of winter, it’s easy to find a calm and contemplative mood. While it is quite fresh, we have yet to chance upon one of the few days when Kyoto sights are covered in a layer of snow. Be it as it may, Kyoto is beautiful in all seasons, and winter affords the visitor the rare chance of seeing the sights without any crowds.