Japan is Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji Temple

Bus No. 59 stops right in front of the bus stop near my guesthouse so I didn’t go to Kyoto Station. Kinkaku-ji is one of the most famous sites in Kyoto so I was expecting to see a huge crowd of tourists. The morning breeze on my face felt so good though the weather was a little bit colder than the day before. I imagined a Japanese breakfast with miso soup, Japanese rice and salmon but I really wanted to arrive in Kinkaku-ji before 9am. Kinkaku-ji is open from 9am – 5pm daily. You can take bus number 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station to the Kinkaku-ji Michi bus stop. If you are coming from another part of the city, you can also take Bus number 59 or 12.

The bus stop were filled with students when I came so I thought I will be having lots of fun. I was right! His face was like asking me…are you ready?

It has been more than 20 minutes and no one was going down the bus. They were quite behaved but I can hear some students giggling at the back. More students joined ‘our’ bus lol. They were wearing a different school uniform. Believe it or not, all the passengers were students including me.

Finally reached the gate of Kinkaku-ji and all the students went down the bus. They are all going to Kinkaku-ji!!!

I headed to the store to buy coffee and bread as I didn’t have breakfast and I saw this cute little guy. He was on the same bus as me.

and then… so Kawaii!!!

I approached him and asked if I can take a photo with him. He agreed. Kawaiiii 🙂

The admission fee is only 400 Yen!

I followed the students inside like I was a on a field trip with them

and then this…I was mesmerized by the beauty and splendor of this Golden Pavilion! I stared at it for an hour! So lovely!

Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen Temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkaku-ji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu’s grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later.

Kinkaku-ji was built to echo the extravagant Kitayama culture that developed in the wealthy aristocratic circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu’s times. Each floor represents a different style of architecture.

I will rank Kinkaku-ji as the no. 1 place to see in Kyoto!

The shimmering golden reflection of Kinkaku-ji

Fudo Hall

You need to throw the coin from the far end and it has to go inside the bowl

I bought this in the tea garden. The taste is similar to sapin sapin. I also bought Nissin Seafood noodles in the vendo machine, my favorite!.

This looks like a scene from a Japanese Jidaigeki dramas.

The only disadvantage of travelling alone is you will not have lots of photos of yourself in the beautiful sites. My selfie with Kinkaku-ji Temple.

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