Kyoto – Heian Jingu Shrine
On my last day in Kyoto I spent my remaining moments at the Heian Jingu Shrine, with these amazing fiery red structures on the main grounds and tranquil garden in back. Just as one finds in Rome with churches at every corner, Kyoto has incorporated the modern city around the incredible amount of temples and shrines that one finds there. The city was spared some of the worst bombing that occurred in WWII, which is why we are still able to see these treasures today. What struck me throughout Japan was the use of nature. Even if just around the block from a bustling modern street, these religious spaces are true respites of tranquility.