It was about 1:00 PM on a hot Sunday in Japan, and many tourists and Japanese travelers were just barely arriving at their weekend destination. I, however, had started hours since, and still had many places to visit. Next up was Kinkaku-Ji.
|On this map, North is down and South is up.|
There were quite a few interesting things to see there, such as this art museum.
|I took a picture of this road because it felt like|
something straight out of an anime.
|These signboards could be found all throughout Japan.|
I think they are to show candidates for city council or something.
At the top of the road, I found the entrance to my last temple visit of the day: Kinkaku-Ji, or "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion."
It was now prime tourist time; The crowds were thick.
I was herded in through the door and came out to see a truly iconic view.
A couple asked me to take their picture, so I asked the same in return.
|That guy in the bottom-right is a boss, it seems.|
|They don't want anybody setting up a photo business here.|
The path brought me (and everyone else) around the back of the pavilion.
There was a pond with lots of turtles and fish in it, which was neat. Also, those gardeners deserve some kind of award.
Down a path behind the building was a little shop selling charms for all kinds of things, like safe car trips, healthy families, and passing tests.
After that it was just another series of paths. There wasn't anything particularly interesting in comparison to the Golden Pavilion.
Lots of people had umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun. I probably should have at least worn sunscreen that day.
On the left I saw this. I think you're supposed to get coins into the bowl for good luck.
I threw a couple 5 yen coins. I missed.
|No luck for me.|
I saw one or two more of those coin toss things on the way up the trail. They weren't as popular as the first one, however.
There was a branch in the path, and there I saw two more blocked off paths, and an interesting view of the top of the pavilion. This was a really linear attraction.
|This is a rock shaped like a chair. The sign says|
that somebody important liked to sit in it.
The sightseeing was pretty much over, and all that was left was a bunch of shops. There was a place to stop and enjoy some bitter green tea. Oh hey, this looks a bit familiar...
|Different angle, same place.|
I always enjoyed these "ema" signboards, where people wrote their hopes and prayers. Lots of good art to be found here.
|This is where people tie off their bad luck fortunes.|
|An ice cream vending machine? That's a first.|
There was also a disposable camera vending machine.
|Some more Engrish.|
Oh, and I took this picture without realizing it has the iconic huge 大 character on the hillside. I think that makes this a good stopping point. Read the last part of my great Kyoto adventure for some wandering, some pilgrimages, and some more wandering!