Kyoto is so densely packed with temples and shrines and gardens it is remarkably easy to just pass by beautiful, historic sights without even pausing. Yasaka-no-To Pagoda, built in 1440, is one of those slightly over-looked landmarks. I must have passed by this pagoda half a dozen times en route to other places. It is on the way to or from some of the heavy-hitters on the Kyoto tourist map: Kiyomizu-dera, Kodai-ji, Chion-in, Ryozen Kannon.
You can't miss this striking five-story wooden structure; it shoots up 46 meters from a cozy neighborhood of traditional machiya tea houses and shops. Still, somehow Yasaka-no-To blends in to the landscape when you are focused on its more famous neighbors.
Today I stopped and looked and gave it the respect it deserves.