One of the best ways to escape from the travel escape, and the best way to get away from the modern Japan is to visit the old imperial palaces and gardens in Kyoto. Here time seems to have stopped in an age when admiring a beautiful landscape was an important thing of the daily (imperial) life.
There are a few places in Kyoto tagged as imperial palaces and villas, and access to them can be booked from the tourist office. We were lucky as the main tourist season is already over, so we had no problem in booking places with the groups.
The post today has a few images to one of these serene gardens. It is hard to describe the sense of peace walking the pathways of these maniqured spaces provide.