Friday, January 1, 2016

Japan Trip 2015 - Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan
We spent a day in Kyoto, Japan, close to Osaka. We woke up early and returned to the hotel late, but got a full day in and saw lots of nice temples and shrines.
Mom, Dad and Pae at the back of the Golden Pavilion
One of the main Temples we saw was called Kinkaku-ji or the Temple of the Golden Pavillion. Kinkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist Temple. I guess the actual name of the place is Rokuon-ji which means Deer Garden Temple but it's more recognizable by its color than any deer in the garden (didn't see any).
Really hard to get a photo "alone" as there were just waves and waves of people trying to get a good view and spot for taking pictures.
 There were so many people, foreigners and Japanese alike, at the temple ground. Of course, there were many students on field trips from school. I'm sure they come from prefectures far and near to see the temple.
Loved the Pavilion as well as the dark browns of the spring trees, just coming back from winter. Felt so "Japanesy"

I'm going through pictures from four different cameras, so there will be lots of similar photos, just trying to get some with everybody in them.
More student school uniforms. It's all about the bonnet ;)

Also, I didn't really like putting so many photos in the post about Osaka so I decided to make a post for each major "attraction" we visited instead from here on out ;)
Place of prayers as we exited the garden/pond area where the Golden Pavilion is located...across from a gift shop of course ;)
One last photo...I liked the roofing material of some of the minor buildings in the garden, made from straw. This temple actually burned down back in like 1950ish and was rebuilt several years later.
Straw roofs
Okay, to be fair, here's yet another photo that is going to seem out of place. It is a photo of our taxi ride from the station to Kinkaku-ji. I must say that the taxis in Japan are a million times better than the service you get in Bangkok.
Great taxi service in Japan
So professional. That is need to experience a Bangkok taxi ride then a Japan taxi ride and you will understand ;)

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