The day started with an early morning wake-up call from our alarm clock to get ready to travel (from Osaka) to Kyoto - dubbed as the most beautiful city in Japan. Kyoto is the former capital of Japan and the imperial residence for over a millennium (794-1868). Hence the place acquired its numerous temples, shrines and cultural assets that are registered World Heritage Sites.
We first visited the Kinkakuji Temple (officially named Rokuonji) known for the gold-leaf covered Golden Pavilion, which houses sacred relics of Buddha and is surrounded by exquisite Japanese style garden and lake renowned for their beauty. However, no one is allowed to go inside the pavilion, you can only admire this iconic sight from the outside. The Golden Pavilion was burned to the ground in 1950, and an exact reproduction of the original building was completed in 1955. Kinakakuji Temple is a registered World Heritage Site.
|the Golden Pavilion|
|wishing rocks where you can toss coins for good luck / wishes|
|a small temple named Fudo Hall|
|Fortune telling machines available in English, Korean and Chinese|
|classic Sekkatei Tea House|
|garden tea house / a shop selling ice cream and shaved ice, there are also coin operated drink vending machines|
|souvenir shops inside the temple|
Admission Fee: 400 Yen per adult
Open daily 9am-5pm
Kinkakuji can be accessed from Kyoto station by direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 230 yen. Alternatively, it can be faster and more reliable to take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station (15minutes, 260 yen) and take a taxi (10 minutes, 1000-12000 yen) or bus numbers 101, 102, 204 or 205) from there to Kinkakuji. (source)