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Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion), Kyoto: 39 reviews and 101 photos
The Ginkakuji Temple is one of the temples that is not perched on a hill. Just like the Toji Temple, it is close to the streets of Kyoto. If you are not up to distance walking, you should visit the Ginkakuji Temple first. It is at the heart of Kyoto!
When we went there, many school children were having their school picture-taking. The girls and the boys were all in their traditional costumes. It was one of the highlights of my visit in Kyoto. To see the Ginkakuji Temple coupled with all these children in Japanese kimono was such an expectacular and memorable experience!
The Ginkakuji Temple is very colorful with its bright deep orange color. The grounds were covered with thick white sand - not sure how it got there. The whole compound was huge and it has different structures that are equally and beautifully made!
There is a water fountain outside where visitors can experience the cleansing before they enter the temple. The gates to the temple were humungous and once you get inside you see all the buildings lined in a 180 degree angle.
My sisters and I took a lot of pictures but I was more fascinated asking permission to the parents of the children whether I can take a picture of them or be in their pictures! Luckily, all the mothers I had asked seemed to be nice and pleasant. I was able to take pictures of the school girls and boys in kimonos!
Address: Kyoto, Japan
Directions: From the Kyoto Station, take bus #100 and the bus will drop you off in front of the Ginkakuji Temple. You have to walk about 600 yards before you get into the main gate of the temple.
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