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:
Not to mention, incredibly popular (although some of the locals were saying this was a very quiet year!):
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):
It was a bit of a climb to the top of the gardens, but worth it for the view:
I loved the red leaves against the green and the dark wood of the buildings. The raked sand was absolutely beautiful too:
Gorgeous and such a different atmosphere to Tokyo over a holiday. I will be back.