visiting Kinkaku-ji & Ginkaku-ji - Kyoto

Saturday, 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...

Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion - Kyoto Japan

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.

Ginkaku-ji, the Silver Pavilion - Kyoto Japan

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.

Ginkaku-ji, the Silver Pavilion garden - Kyoto Japan

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?

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14 comments

  1. I have to admit when I first saw Ginkaku-ji I was expecting it to be silver! But I actually think it's simplicity is really beautiful :)

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    1. Me to! Lol - so many people are surprised when they visit Ginkaku-ji. It's quite funny just sitting by the entrance and hearing the exclamations as people see it for the first time.

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  2. Gorgeous. I dream of visiting Japan one day. I've pencilled it in for 2020 to coincide with the Olympics.

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    1. Oh wow. 2020 would be an amazing year to visit Japan!

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  3. Wow- is that place ever stunning! Was it that serene, or did you manage to get photos without lots of tourists?

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    1. Each of the pavilion have their quiet moments if you wait long enough, but yes there were lots of other tourists, particularly at Kinkaku-ji.

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  4. Just beautiful, the first shot is stunning. I really need to go to Japan....

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    1. Yes you do! I would love to see your photos of Japan.

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  5. Wow - that reflection! What a gorgeous, gorgeous place to be.

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    1. Japan is just gorgeous, isn't it?

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  6. Beautiful photos, Claire! I've been to Kikakuji and Ginkakuji a few times and I totally agree--they make the perfect pair.

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