At this seldom-visited temple you can sit, relax, and have a taste of the tea ceremony. To enter, ring the gong on the outside of the gate. Once inside you can wander through the carefully cultivated garden with its natural waterfall, serene pond, and tiny teahouse framed against the hills. Various strains of cherry trees are planted around the lake so you can see the blossoms throughout the year. Inside the temple, the main lintel holds 36 portraits of Chinese poets by
members of the Kano School. The pond, which is fed by the nearby Ritsusen River, is designed so that the near side represents everyday life and the far side paradise. To get here, take Kyoto Line Bus 17 or 18; the 90-minute journey from Kyoto Station costs ¥580. From the Ohara bus stop, walk northeast for about seven minutes along the signposted road. Jikko-in is 200 yards from Sanzen-in.
187 Ohara Shorin'in-cho, Kyōto, 601-1241, Japan