This is the entrance to view Kinkakuji. Just the thought of seeing Kinkakuji right in front of me is making me feeling excited. Kinkakuji is called Golden Pavilion in English and as its’ name meant, it is gold in color as well!
Love this pathway lined with 2 rows of trees (a pity that the leaves are not red yet) on the way in to see Kinkakuji.
No this is not Kinkakuji. Opps. After walking through the pathway, we have to enter another entrance and I saw this beautiful building that I cannot resist taking photo with. :p
We have to purchase entrance tickets from the ticket office first before we can walk in through yet another entrance to finally see Kinkakuji!!! I thought the tickets look nice. Heh.
Ticket is priced at 400 yen per pax. Not really cheap but definitely worth it. Who cares about money when it comes to holiday?! Ok, probably only me. 😀
Tada~~~~ The photo does not do Kinkakuji justice as it is actually in fact shining in gold under the sunlight and it is just too beautiful! Some background history of Kinkakuji (information gathered from Japan Guide), it is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top 2 floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will, it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408.
Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu’s former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous times throughout its history including twice during the Onin War, and once again more recently in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955.
I love how Kinkakuji is being reflected upon the pond like a mirror image. Everyone is crowding around the pond attempting to take a photo with Kinkakuji, so how can I miss it? I manage to get myself a good spot and snap snap snap. 😀
After viewing Kinkakuji from across the pond, the path that passes by Kinkakuji from behind leads through the temple’s gardens which have retained their original design from Yoshimitsu’s day.
In the garden, I came across these statues that people throw coins at for luck. Apparently, I do not have much luck cos I did not manage to throw it into the ‘bowl-like’ stone! Hur.
And I came across these 2 cute doggies sitting in a pram. Kawaii!
Outside the exit of the garden, there is a Fudo Hall, a small temple hall which houses a statue of Fudo Myoo, one of the 5 Wisom Kings and protector of Buddhism.
There’s this machine outside of Fudo Hall where after inserting coin into it, we will receive a slip of paper forecasting our luck and it’s in English! But remember to find the machine with the correct language cos I initially use the one with Japanese Language. Lol.
Oh and I got a ‘吉’!
Besides Fudo Hall, there are also souvenir shops (I bought a few Kinkakuji keychains in gold!!!) and a small tea garden where we have matcha tea and sweets (500 yen) in the most traditional way.
A lady in kimono serves us tea just like how I watch it on TV. Though the matcha tea is really bitter (not sure if all traditional matcha tea taste like that) and the sweet is really sweet (duh!), I enjoyed the time here, chilling and relaxing in a traditional way. It’s only on free and easy trip that we have the luxury of time to do this!
Attempting to act traditional by kneeling on the tatami but ended up sitting instead. Hehe.
While leaving Kinkakuji and walking towards the bus stop to our next destination, we came across the famous Yojiya which sells cosmetics products and some other girl stuffs. We walk in and take a tour, and that’s it. Haha. Too expensive!
Overall, I really love Kinkakuji and hope that some day I will be back again, this time bringing my parents. ^^