From Shijo Takakura Bus Stop (the same bus stop that we alight for Nishiki Market), take Bus No. 203 to Ginkakuji-michi Bus Stop. We encounter changing of Bus Driver half way through the journey. Hur. It takes about 30 minutes from Nishiki Market to Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion). 🙂
Once alight at the Bus Stop, turn left and walk till a junction, and we see the signage pointing the direction to Ginkakuji. Just cross the road and walk towards it.
This is the Philosopher’s Path leading to Ginkakuji. The walk to Ginkakuji is quite long and probably takes about 10-15 minutes. But we manage to skip the walking by taking a rickshaw to Ginkakuji and it is so so fun! Oh and look at the blue plastic bag, it actually contains my loots from the super huge drugs store at Nishiki Market. 😛
That’s the rickshaw man for us! He’s quite cute, very funny and super friendly. He can speak a little English and somehow, we manage to communicate with him throughout our 10 minutes ride. Oh and he’s really strong cos he can pull the rickshaw with us on it, run like super fast and talking at the same time. Haha.
It’s my first time on a rickshaw and I really love it. Especially when he runs fast, and the cool wind blows against our face, with great passing scenery. I thought it’s a good cultural experience though an expensive one. We chose the 10 minutes ride which will go one short round and then ending at the entrance to Ginkakuji, and cost around 3000 yen for 2 pax.
The entrance to Ginkakuji.
We need to purchase entrance tickets which cost 500 yen per pax. Again, I thought the tickets look nice. Heh.
Ginkakuji is a Zen temple along Kyoto’s eastern mountains (Higashiyama). In 1482, shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa built his retirement villa on the grounds of today’s temple, modeling it after Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), his grandfather’s retirement villa at the base of Kyoto’s norther mountains (Kitayama). The villa is converted into a Zen temple after Yoshimasa’s death in 1490.
Despite its name, Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) is never covered in silver. Instead, it is believed that the name arose as a nickname more than a century after the building’s construction to contrast it with the Golden Pavilion. Alternatively, it is explained that moon light reflecting on the building’s dark exterior (which used to be covered in black lacquer in the past) gave it a silvery appearance.
There are many tourists when we are here and everyone are fighting for a chance to capture a photo with Ginkakuji and so am I! 😀
From Ginkakuji, there’s a walking path that takes us through its moss garden, which features ponds with islands and bridges, little streams and various plants.
The path then climbs a hill behind the buildings from where there are nice views of the entire temple grounds and the city beyond.
And I like this photo that I take of the sun, the red and green leaves and a glimpse of Ginkakuji. 🙂
Outside of the entrance to Ginkakuji, there’s this ice cream store which sells great Vanilla Milk Ice Cream! The milk taste is so strong and fragrant.
On the walk out to Ginkakuji-mae Bus Stop to take a bus to Gion, our next stop! Though Ginkakuji is not as grand as Kinkakuji because it’s not silvery, but I still like it. 🙂