Originally built in the 13th century and then reconstructed in 1628, the gate appears as if embedded in the surrounding trees. Despite being an enormous structure it doesn't feel at all imposing. Instead, it only reinforces the sense of calm and stillness of the area.
I was keen to go up to the second level to have a look around. Shoes off, of course, then up the steep stairs from the side.
A shot from further back in the path opposite that leads through the gardens to the side of the Nanzen-ji sanmon 南禅寺山門.
Twenty minutes along, after passing two parked Toyota Century G50s in pristine liquid black (or more accurately, Kamui カムイ Eternal Black), the entrance of Chōshō-in 聴松院, adjacent and to the north of the main precinct of Nanzen-ji 南禅寺.
If thunder had a shape it would be these tiled roofs.