Kyoto, day 2

On day 2, we visited Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto. To reach the villa, we decided to take a bus. From Kyoto Station, it's really easy. See...
Little digression: I haven't started to work on my Twelve by Twelve "Map" quilt yet, and the reveal date is almost looming... I chose my fabrics before leaving for Japan. But of course, I got several new ideas while in Kyoto. Now, I think I need to change some of my fabrics.
Anyway, here are two pictures of the Katsura Villa garden.

Some people say it's the most beautiful Japanese garden in the world. It is certainly one of the nicest I have ever seen, and the buildings are also very impressive.
After the visit, we took a Hankyu train to Arashiyama where we had lunch.

We spent the afternoon visiting Tenryu Temple and also walking in the bamboo forest. Then back to Kyoto by JR train.
It was a lovely day, cold but sunny.