Kinkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The famous “Golden Pavilion” is a must-visit landmark in Kyoto and attracts a large number of visitors. When I searched for a Japan package tour, this temple was always included in the Kyoto package.
I have been to Osaka and Kyoto on May 2018. Comparing to other places that I visited in this trip, this temple was the most crowded place. Well, I tried to take photos without other visitors in the frame.
To visit temple, visitors needed to buy a ticket. There was an admission fee. The guide told us to wait in front of the gate, while she bought tickets for us.
From the gate, we walked straight and had to turn left to see the golden pavilion. What impressed me was the officer who said “turn left” in Thai!!! He knew that the visitors were Thais and he spoke Thai language. At first I was not sure about what I had heard. Then, I was surprised.
First time, when I saw the golden pavilion, I was stunned. The views of the pavilion and its reflection on the water was beautiful and peaceful.
We walked along the path and saw the pavilion from different angles.
Visitors could not go inside the pavilion.
After walked pass the pavilion, there was a nice garden.
At the gate, before leaving the temple, I bought green tea. The green tea there was unique; it came with gold flecks in it and the taste was sweet. If you go there, I recommend you to try it.
In short, I am sure that Kinkaku-ji Temple must be included in your Kyoto trip. My recommendation is to avoid group tour, if you want to have nice photos of golden pavilion. The way to avoid group tour is only be patient because they will be there for a very short period of time. Then, they have to move. So, just wait there!