visiting Kinkaku-ji & Ginkaku-ji - KyotoSaturday, September 27, 2014
another year is gone
a traveller's shade on my head
straw sandals at my feet
Kinkaku-ji and Ginkaku-ji are probably two of the most famous spots to visit in Kyoto, Japan. Translated their names mean the Gold Pavilion and Silver Pavilion.
Kinkaku-ji has always been a bustling tourist spot for as long as I've been visiting Japan. And it's no surprise really. No matter what the weather I'm always dazzled by the gleaming gold that cuts straight through the surrounding greenery. There's not much that can prepare you for the view of this temple, famous for it's gold-leaf covered exterior...
Ginkaku-ji on the other hand always makes me laugh and smile. It's name is deceptive, and it's not uncommon to hear people exclaim "but I thought it was silver" as they get their first glimpse of the pavilion - tourists and Japanese alike.
It's the Japanese gardens at Ginkaku-ji that really stand it apart from other temples in Kyoto - in particular the sand garden that never has a grain out of place.
Together Kinkaku-ji and Ginkaku-ji make the perfect pair, and the perfect day out in Kyoto.
Another year is gone... but I hope to be back soon.
Do you have a spot far away from home you return to every few years?