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Arashiyama and Tenryu-ji Temple

This is my last day in Kyoto and my destination is the west side of the city called Arashiyama District. Because it is farther away from the centre, I decided to take a bus instead of riding my bike. The buses operate perfectly just like the trains here. After stopping at each stop, we arrive at the riverside. It is starting to drizzle and the mountains surrounding the river look more enchanted in the colours of autumn. My first visit is to a zen temple, Tenryu-ji. This is the main temple of the Rinzai school of Japanese Buddhism: its other name is Raikizan. It was built in the 14th century by the Shogun (general) of the period for the King and transformed into a Zen temple later on. The pond in the centre is surrounded by rocks. The autumn colours are reflected on its surface. A group of Buddhist priests are taking pictures. It is best to walk behind it and watch the scenery from there. It seems like all Zen temples were designed with meticulous planning.