Aside from the Fushimi Inari Shrine (which was number 1 on my Kyoto must-see list), I also wanted to see the Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple located in Northern Kyoto. I have seen pictures of it from my friends’ travels and online and it has always captivated me.
David and I got to the Kinkaku-ji late afternoon and it was raining. We were actually rushing to get there because the Golden Pavilion closes at 5 p.m. Before entering the premises, we decided to take refuge at this huge gate at the entrance to take a break and eat our Manneken waffles we bought at a train station.
After we had our quick rest and filled our tummy, David bought the tickets (¥400 each) to enter the premises of the Golden Pavilion. There were a lot of people when we went but buying the tickets only took a few minutes.
When we entered the premises, we took pictures right away with the Kinkaku-ji in the background. The Kinkaku-ji was as majestic as I imagined it to be. It was sooooo beautiful and pictures don’t do it justice. Sadly, we weren’t able to enter the temple so we only admired it from the outside.
After taking pictures, we walked around some more. The place gave a sense of serenity and tranquility with its pond and all its greenery. It was definitely a perfect place for an afternoon walk in the rain. The walking path leads to gardens, statues, coin toss spot, a tea house, and a souvenir shop. I could have easily spent a whole day here, but as always, I did not have all the time in the world as we were only in Kyoto for a day and a half.
At the end, we bought souvenirs and when we exited the premises of the Golden Pavilion, we rewarded ourselves with a mango float. It was raining but it was still a bit humid and all that walking made us thirsty so a refreshing mango float hit the spot!
We also wanted to check out the Ginkaku-ji or the Silver Pavilion, which got its inspiration from the Golden Pavilion, but we didn’t have time. 🙁 So hopefully, on my next trip to Japan, whenever that may be, I’d get to see it, too.
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