The city of Kyoto is said to have over 1,600 Buddhist temples. It is also home to the head temples of various Buddhist sects, including the Pure Land Buddhism headquarters at Chion-in as well as Nanzenji, Tofukuji and other Zen school head temples.
One of the noteworthy characteristics of Zen temples, I think, is the neutral atmosphere. Unlike many other religious structures that evoke a sense of dignity, the gardens and architecture of a Zen temple always makes me feel calm. Indeed, walking around a Zen garden so natural can they appear that one starts to wonder if a person really designed the garden at all and that the garden didn’t just naturally come into being like that.