Visiting the Kyoto Golden Pavilion
This was probably one of the most stunning temples I’ve ever seen live. Featured in plenty of informational brochures or ads about Kyoto and Tokyo? I’m not sure what exactly it is that draws me to this one versus the many temples I’ve visited over time.
Perhaps its how majestic the Golden Palace looks in the water or maybe its the contrast of the backdrop containing perfectly positioned trees/shrubs all done with Japanese simplicity against the ornate template.
Whatever the case, I was so amazed by the beauty, I couldn’t get it out of my mind and made my BFF walk back to the front and we did a second visit.
The Seat of Buddha
There are pictures of what the area looks like during other seasons of the year. There’s a shrine out back passed the other lake and waterfall. There’s a number of people who were paying their respects at the shrine; clapping, bowing, lighting incense and ringing the bell. My BFF tried his best to mimic the proper signs or respect however I’m not so sure he got it down just right. I think he just enjoyed ringing the bell.
One note for this place, once you leave the Golden temple area and start walking down the path, there is no going back, you’ll eventually just walk towards the exit. So get all your pictures in until you’re satisfied and then move.
- Entrance fee: 400 yen per person
F8T Tip They only accept cash, so bring enough yen; 4000 yen entrance fee (2014).