Even though it gets crowded, there is plenty of space for contemplation. The short walk through the forest is much less crowded, and we even managed to have a quiet picnic on a bench just before closing time.
Over the coming weeks I will try to introduce you to more famous places in Kyoto. I hope you can get a sense of the beauty and atmosphere of these places. Remember that when you see a gorgeous photo of Japan, there are probably about a million people just off-camera and you'll get a true sense of the experience!