The time we had in Kyoto is super limited, and we didn’t want to waste any of it lying down inside a hotel. After quickly unloading our bags in our hotel, we went out and searched for a place nearby that we can explore. We found that Gion is just a short bus ride away and it is still open early that night (because many temples close earlier, at around 5PM). So, we hopped on a bus and headed to Gion.
<See Byodo-In Temple>
<See Daigoji Temple>
<See Fushimi Inari Shrine>
Gion is home to the Maruyama Park, and a few minutes walk from the park lies the vast Chion-in Temple.
The Maruyama Park is also quite big. It has small shrines inside where you can stop, reflect, pray, and ring a bell. It is surrounded by many shrubs and trees. I bet some of those are cherry blossom trees that makes Maruyama Park one of the prime destinations in Kyoto during spring.
Since we went there at night, the park is well-lit by beautiful Japanese lanterns that surround many structures. The lanterns and the autumn breeze has made the walk around the park perfect despite our aching feet.