Katsura Imperial Villa

One of Kyoto’s top gardens for this afternoon. This one you have to book in advance, in person, at a small office in the Imperial Gardens. A major pain in the neck but it proved well worth it: it’s got paths, it’s got lakes, it’s got at least four tea houses (sword wielding samurai-proof ones, too, if I understood correctly).

The guided tour is unrushed and allows plenty of scope for copious photographs. Tricky lighting for much of the time leads to mixed results…