What to Expect
I would like to take you to Ginkakuji, Plilosopher's Path, Eikando, and Nanzenji Temple.
The another name for Ginkakuji is "Temple of Silver Pavilion" whlle that for Kinkakuji is called "Temple of Golden Pavilion." It is said that the Temple expresses "wabi sabi" or simple athetic values. The temple has a stroll-type pond garden, so you can enjoy a beautiful view from any angle. The steps are covered with moss on both sides.
About 2 km path from Ginkakuji Temple to Nanzenji Temple is called "the philosopher's path." The path is one of the most suitable places for strolling in the spring and autumn seasons. In spring you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing. Cherry blossoms provide gorgeous cherry arcade over the water. Furthermore in autumn you can enjoy beautifully changing colors of autumnal leaves.
When you walk on the philosopher's path, you can visit Eikando Temple which is famous for two things. One is a 77 cm tall statue of Amida-Nyorai. He turned his head to the left as if looking behind. It is called "Mikaeri Amida." The other is famous for its red autumn maple leaves. The temple has been called "Autumn Maple Leaf Eikando."
Nanzen-ji literally means "South Temple of Enlightenment". The huge 2-story San-mon Gate, provides an impressive entry to the grounds. It is one of the 3 largest Gateways in Japan. When you walk on the right path, the arch-shaped aqueduct come into view. This aqueduct bringing water from Lake Biwa is one of the greatest achievements in modernization of Kyoto.
There is Lake Biwa Canal Museum near Nanzenji Tempple. It took about 80 years from 1890 to build Laka Biwa Canal. You can see the history of the Canal in this museum.
We would like to have yudofu for lunch. Yudofu is hot tofu which is very popular in Nanzenji area, so there are many yudofu reestaurants.