The Golden Pavillion: Kinkaku-ji Temple



Kyoto was definitely a love at first sight. And every place we've been in Kyoto was very nostalgic: from food to old villages, beautiful bamboo forest to old temples. And when you hear the word Kyoto, I'm pretty sure that most of us, if not all would imagine these places: the bright orange colored torii gates of Fushimi Inari, the amazing bamboo forest in Arashiyama, the Kiyomizu-dera temple and finally the Kinkaku-ji Temple.
The Golden Pavillion, Kinkaku-ji Temple
Kinkaku-ji, also known as Rokuon-ji is a zen buddhist temple in Kyoto. The pavillion extends partially over the pond and is beautifully reflected in calm waters.

It is also best when seen during winter with snow which is a rare view. It is one of the most beautiful sights in Kyoto.
Closer view at the temple
This wooden pavillion has three stories surrounded by balconies and the upper two was completely covered in gleaming gold leaf.

I didn't believe at first but it was actually covered in gold leaf. And it was re-covered in gold leaf five times thicker than the original coating.

It is believed that the Buddha relics were inside the temple. Note that tourists and locals cannot go inside the temple premises.
Iconic view in the background
How to get there: It was very easy. Kinkaku-ji can be accessed from Kyoto Station by a direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 about 40 minutes.

Alternatively, it can be faster and more reliable to take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station and take a bus from there to Kinkaku-ji.

All in all, the experience is quite amazing and we're planning to go back again soon. 

If you had a chance, try to visit and experience the tea ceremony within the temple area.

Danica Ann Unrada