Oh Japan, you didn't fail in capturing my heart! I was smitten even when I haven't set foot on your soil. And now that I have, I fell even more in-love with you. If only I can take you home I would so I could come visit you whenever I want. I wasn't able to fully see you so expect me there again soon.
Kinkaku-ji Temple or the Golden Pavilion is a must-visit place when in Kyoto. The temple's 2nd and 3rd floors are made of pure gold leaf and reflects sunlight magnificently. The temple is well-maintained and people aren't allowed to enter the temple. You can only see it from afar - no touching. The temple is very impressive considering that it is made of gold and very shiny - again, it is well-maintained. Temple is open only until 5PM but I think going early morning is better than late in the afternoon so you can see the temple reflected by the lake. We got there just when it is about to close. They still allowed us in but they strictly follow the 5PM closing time so be there as early as you can.
How to Get There:
It can be a bit confusing on how you can reach this place. I read so many different blogs prior to our Japan trip and some suggested bus some said train then walk. When we got there, I saw a map and it looks like train + walking would be the best mode. However, when we alighted on the Kitaoji Station we asked one of the staff of there and she showed us a laminated directions that says to take the bus to reach Kinkaku-ji Temple. If you don't ask the train station staff, you would think the bus station right in front of the train station is where you should wait for the bus going to Kinkaku-ji. Wrong! You have to cross the street, walk to your right and upon arriving at the intersection, the bus station to your left is where bus 205 will stop to pick-up and alight passengers. Watch out for Kinkaku-ji station and alight there. Bus ride is 230 Yen for adults (I don't remember how much for children). When you get off Kinkaku-ji bus stop, just follow the directions heading to the temple. You still have to walk for about 3-5 minutes from the bus stop to reach the temple.
9AM to 5PM.
- Bring water
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
- Make sure your camera's battery is fully-charged and there is enough memory in your storage