Kinkaku-Ji Golden Pavilion


Kinkaku-Ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion is one of Kyoto’s main sites. Despite this, it seemed difficult to reach, on my first day I’d wanted to visit here but time had run out, instead I visited following a morning out at Arashiyama as Emmachi train station was relatively close with a single long road leading to the temple.

When I arrived it was seething with tourists; all wanting to see one of the more renown sites in Kyoto. It felt very much like a machine; from buying a ticket to then being shepherded into a pen where you could take your iconic photos and then moving onto a track to the exit. Despite the somewhat mechanical feel, it was an impressive golden temple whose reflection beamed into the water surrounding it. It was a beautiful site with very beautiful, well maintained gardens. As we walked through the gardens there were little wishing buckets you had to aim coins to get in so you could get your wish granted.

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