Tenryu-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan. These beautiful gardens surrounding the temple are well worth the price of admission. There are paths and steps wandering around, lots of plants and a very large pond with Koi. It is a welcome relief from the heat and the crowds. Also visit the Bamboo Grove road in the vicinity and then walk along the river.
Japan - Arashiyama, Kyoto. Facts about Japan: Area: 377,801 sq km. A 3,000 km arc of four large islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu) and 3,000 small islands in NW Pacific. Mountainous; only 13% can be cultivated. Population: 126,995,411. Capital: Tokyo. Official language: Japanese. Languages: 16.