Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Travel: Kinkakuji Temple

We started off the morning with a hearty breakfast of noodles. Ok, so maybe not so hearty. So how about a tea from a vending machine as we walk to Kyoto station? Uhh nope, certainly not my idea of a nice strong cup!


Today is the only day that I’ve been really confused about our travel arrangements to get to a location. I researched and checked timetables and maps, but I still couldn’t work it out. So we thought we’d cover our bases and buy a 500 yen all day bus pass. We find the right bus as it’s very well signposted about which bus we need to catch, and we are off on our way towards Kinkakuji temple. The bus ride takes about 45 minutes.


We hop off the bus and walk the 100-200 metres to the entrance and we are greeted with the most beautiful autumn foliage. The grounds are so pretty and I am in awe.




We pay the entrance fee and as soon as we walk in and we are greeted by the golden temple. It is simply stunning. These photos do not do the temple justice. It is majestic. The shimmering gold is really a sight to behold.




After we’ve taken our obligatory photos, we move on into the grounds. We had a go flicking some coins into Buddha’s coin basket. I am far more ass than class, and I got three in from five coins. I guess that means I’ll have lots of luck?


Kate and I even get a photo together, there is supposed to be a small waterfall in this picture.


And one last glimpse of Kinkakuji.


And to make up for the crappy can of tea this morning, I decided I deserved an ice cream.


And afterwards I am still none the wiser how we are getting to our next destination. So we hop in a cab and make our way to the Arashiyama district. I’m going from memory here, but I think it ended up being about $30AUD. And considering I can work out any route ordinarily, but I couldn’t work this one out, it was worth the cost.


26 comments:

  1. I love noodles. I am in shock that I haven't has them for breakfast yet. The scenery around the temple looks so tranquil.

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    1. You're missing out if you haven't had them for breakfast! LOL! Yeah, the grounds were beautiful. Everywhere we went was so beautiful.

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  2. We are so obsessed with Japan! It is on top priority on our bucket list. A temple of shimmering gold! That's so amazing. The autumn foliage looks beautiful as well.

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    1. The temple was so much more beautiful in real life!

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  3. What is your favourite city in Japan?
    I came bac from my trip around Japan last month and I felt in love with Kyoto :) If I have a chance I would love to move there for work one day :)

    best,
    Kasia

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    1. I would never tire of Kyoto! I loved it. It was so easy to get around and there was so much to see and do.

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  4. What a beautiful temple! I bet it would be even more gorgeous in the fall. How long were you there?

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    1. We ended up being in Japan for 13 days. It was not near enough time to see everything!! I'd love to go back and see the Sapporo region.

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  5. Awesome - how great is Japan?! Look like a beautiful temple to visit, even if you couldn't figure out the directions! That happens sometimes and its all part of the experience. So funny how you can buy hot drinks in a can or bottle! We loved our trip to Japan so much we want to go move there one day!

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    1. Japan was amazing! Even hubby, who has absolutely no interest in travelling, has said he'd like to go there! I couldn't believe you could buy hot drinks in a can, so of course I had to try it! It's such an amazing country and there's still so much I'd love to see.

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  6. What a beautiful place and temple. I can't wait to visit Japan and explore the beauty of their gardens and temples.

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    1. Japan is amazing, you will not be disappointed if you get there!!

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  7. nice temple! i love going to these kinds of places. very cultural japan.

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    1. It was beautiful! I don't think I could ever tire of seeing temples!

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  8. Honestly Japan is not really in my top ten! Don't know ... but I must say this temple is very fascinating and made me curious! The rest of Japan is with lots of temples like this? Anyway the food is great and if I decide to go, probably will be to enjoy Japanese cuisine!!!

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    1. Japan wasn't even on my radar at all! It was just that I found cheap airfares, so that's why we went. There are temples and shrines throughout Japan. Not all as pretty as this one, but they each have their own subtle beauty. Honestly, I didn't go much on the food. In comparison to somewhere like China, I'd say the food was bland-ish. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, but I just wanted more of a flavour hit.

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  9. Lovely post, we had our honeymoon in Tokyo and fell in love with Japan! We really want to go back one day and Kyoto would be our first stop! This temple looks so beautiful as they all do in Japan! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Kyoto was fantastic, I'd go back there again if I ever get the chance!

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  10. Love Japan and Kinkakuji is one of the most beautiful temples. Hoping to go back this winter with my kids - I think we will have to go here again. I'm glad the bus is well signposted - I had forgotten how to get there.

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    1. I'd not hesitate to go back again either, it was just so amazing to see.

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  11. This place is so stunning and more beautiful in person. I did a trip here when I was in Japan and loved it. The pictures of it in the snow too look amazing, would love to go back and see it in winter too :-)

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    1. I would have loved to have seen it in the winter, with the grounds covered in snow! Same as when we saw the Snow Monkeys.

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  12. What a beautiful temple. So nice seeing posts about things I have never seen in this world. Thanks for including the ice cream, too, an important staple in all travel. LOL

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    1. It was such a beautiful temple! Exactly right about the ice cream! I just wish I'd come across more ice cream vending machines on my trip!

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  13. The temple is beautiful, and the surroundings so serene. Don't they allow photography inside the temple? Would love to see how it looks from inside.

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    1. Unfortunately you can't see inside the temple, but I'm like you, I would have loved to look inside also.

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