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Holiday snaps 1: Kyoto in Golden Week

by J. C. Greenway
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Kyoto in Golden Week view from the garden
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Planning a trip to Kyoto in Golden Week, I took the opportunity of asking everyone I knew for recommendations. Go to both Kinkaku-ji and Ginkaku-ji, I was told. See which one you prefer.

It’s no easy choice.  I mean, the gold temple (Kinkaku-ji) is pretty. It was quite a gloomy day but it still dazzled and you can just about see the Phoenix on the top, slightly reminiscent of a Liver bird from home:

Kyoto Kinkakuji Golden Temple May 2011

Not to mention, incredibly popular (although some of the locals were saying this was a very quiet year!):

Kyoto Kinkakugi crowds Golden Week

Yet in spite of its clamour for attention, I think it slightly loses out in my affections to Ginkaku-ji, also known as the silver one.  I loved the peaceful gardens and views across the city, as well as the fact that you could take photographs without getting elbowed out of the way.

See what you think is your favourite and let me know in the comments.

This is the silver one, not really silver as plans to cover it in silver foil were never realised (I’m not unhappy about this):

Kyoto Golden Week Ginkakuji temple and lake

It was a bit of a climb to the top of the gardens, but worth it for the view:

Kyoto Golden Week Ginkaku-ji temple view from the gardens

I loved the red leaves against the green and the dark wood of the buildings. The raked sand was absolutely beautiful too:

Kyoto Golden Week Ginkaku-ji Gardens
Gorgeous and such a different atmosphere to Tokyo over a holiday.  I will be back.


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BenSix 5 May 2011 - 9:30 pm

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion! (It’s stunning but so wrapped up in my consciousness with Mishima that it might feel a tad creepy.) Ginkaku-ji looks beautiful as well. They sure knew their locations.

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