Hello! Greetings from the Golden Pavilion!
Kinkakuji, one of the most popular place to visit in Northern Kyoto. It is a zen temple that previously know as Rokuonji. It was a retirement villa Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, a shogun, before his death in 1408 then it converted into a zen temple.
Departed from Kyoto station by bus to reach Kinkakuji temple. It took us around less than an hour to reach the Kinkakuji area. We needed to walk around 10 minutes till we reach the gate.
What I like when sitting in the bus is that I can see what’s around the neighborhood that I can’t see when in train. Kyoto, a city where traditional meets modern not only the lifestyle but also the architecture. They still preserved the old buildings so people won’t forget what’s in the past but also improving with modern architecture.
Well, why I captured the gas station because in Indonesia, the gas station is not like this. I was kinda surprised that the gas station here is pulling the gas hose from above. It was hanging on the ceiling. Which I think it makes the gas station occupied smaller area and efficient.
Another one is the auto-multi story parking lot. I’ve known this kind of parking lot ever since I watched Tokyo Drift a few years back. I thought it will be just in the movie only for the movie purposes. But Japanese really made it! It’s so convenient for locals who own a car but doesn’t have a garage in their house to keep the car. You know, japanese house is small and compact. Not all house has enough space for a garage.
As we arrived, it started drizziling. Luckily I brought my umbrella everywhere (well you can buy cheap umbrella everywhere in Japan) and spotted two japanese lady wearing yukata with fur coat. When I see some people wearing yukata, it means that we are closer to a tourist spot. 🙂
We stopped by some souvenir shops on our way up to the temple. I couldn’t resist not to enter the shops because some geisha dolls were so adorable displayed outside!
Who could resist all these adorable geisha in colorful kimonos looking at you?
Some of the tiny handcrafted dolls that you can buy as souvenir for families or relatives back home. Those were adorable, cute and very detail.
Mr. F went to purchase the entrance ticket, so I spend my time to take some photos.
The admission fee was 400 yen and the ticket was quite big. Haha Before the entrance, the monk will greet us and check our ticket. It was not so crowded at the entrance gate, but actually most of the visitors already inside the area.
The weather was cloudy that the golden pavilion don’t shine so much. 😦
The Golden Pavilion stands on the Mirror Pond (Kyōko-chi).
Then we passed by the head priest’s former living quarters which is not open for public.
As we walk more, we see the other side of Kinkakuji. The golden pavilion standing here right now was rebuilt in 1955. It was burnt down many times including twice during Onin War, a civil war that destroyed most of Kyoto. The last one was in 1950 when a fanatic monk burnt it down once more.
It is three stories high with total 12.5 meters height. ‘Kinkaku’ is derived from the gold leaf that the pavilion is covered in. The gold element that covers the temple has an important meaning to the temple. The gold was to mitigate and purify any pollution or negative thoughts and feelings towards death.
Anmintaku Pond that is said to never dry up.
People throwing coins here hopes to get a good luck.
Before the exit gate, there is a small tea garden where you can have matcha tea and sweets, but it was closed for the day because it was raining.
An interesting thing here is that there are 3 different language for an oracle. Japanese believe in this kind of oracle especially during New Year. Because they wish that they will get a good luck for the next year. If you get a bad oracle, you can hang it on the tree nearby. It cost a hundred yen, luckily, I got an excellent oracle!
We didn’t purchase any souvenir from inside Kinkakuji, but I’ve planned to buy the golden matcha soft ice cream when I saw some people bought the ice cream at the entrance. Do you know that green tea is origin from a city named Uji in Kyoto? That’s why you’ll see many matcha products in Kyoto!
The golden foil which is edible and has no taste, I bought it out of curiosity. Hehe But the cold weather don’t stop me to eat ice cream!
1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto City
9:00 – 17:00