Kyoto – 4th February

Today’s weather was quite dreary; however this did not put a stop to my adventuring!
 
Firstly I caught a bus to the Ginkakuji Area and visited “Ginkakuji Temple” Which is also known as The Silver Pavillion.
 

 

Some information from the brochure:

 

“Ginkakuji Temple, a Zen temple, was established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Muromachi Shogunate.”
This temple was apparently based on Ashikaga Yoshimasa’s grandfather’s temple “Kinkaku”.

 

I spent quite some time here, walking through the beautiful grounds and having my photo taken by a group of Japanese school children, feeling like a bit of a celebrity!

 

My next stop was Kinkaku (The Golden Pavillion). The temple here really outshone the previous; however I felt that the gardens at Ginkakuji were far more beautiful.
“Kinkaku (The Golden Pavillion) is a shariden Buddhist hall containing relics of Buddha.

 

Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the 3rd shogun of the Muromachi period, took a liking to the area and acquired it from the Saionji family in 1397.

Gold foil on lacquer covers the upper two levels of Kinkaku, and a shining phoenix stands on top of the shingled roof. The first level is built in the shinden style of the 11th-century imperial aristocracy; the second level is in buke style of the warrior aristocracy; and the top level is in the Chinese zenshu-butsuden style. Overall, Kinkaku is representative of Muromachi-period architecture.”

 


By this stage I was absolutely freezing so headed back to base. On the way I discovered a few shopping malls – one was underground, adjacent to the train station and the other was actually attached to the station.

 


I cooked my dinner at the hostel (a nice Western omelette!) and spent the evening chatting to some fellow travellers from the UK and Canada.


 

Kyoto Station bus terminal
 
Cute dog (not so cute when growling!)
 
 
Kyoto (near Ginkakuji)
 
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What more could you want from a cafe!

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