Ted suggested taking me to some of his favorite lesser known temples outside of the city of Kyoto in the western suburbs and the first one on the agenda was Oharano Jinja.
The stunning pond.
According to Ted the abundance of deer statues in the shrine owes to a story of a deity riding into the temple on a deer. This spring for washing one's hands is usually represented by a dragon.
The second stop on the tour was Shoboji, just south of Oharano shrine.
Third stop on the tour: Jurinji. It's an offbeat place, but not without its charms.
Sri Lankan masks.
A furnace used to make salt from saltwater.
Saving the best for last, Yoshiminedera, it has an amazing view nestled within the mountains of West Kyoto.
The last stop was Sankoji. which had an even better view of Kyoto.