Although I am trying my best to keep up my blog with my itinerary, it turned out to be really hard.😅 In case I forget, here are the topics I will cover/ have covered in the following blogs:
- Hep Five
- Kimono experience
- Kinkau-ji (this one)
- Night tour of Inari
- Eating ramen in Japan
- Speaking Japanese in Japan – frequently used words and some thoughts
- My shopping items from Japan (this might or might not happen; let’s see~)
Now let’s start this one – Kinkaku-ji.😙 Video length: 1:27s.
How to get there:
- Price: 500 yen for bus day pass, or 230 yen for a single trip. I will recommend day pass as Kinkaku-ji itself only took me less than half day, and most places in Kyoto are not covered by my JR Pass, but they are covered by the bus day pass.
- Bus stop: we took the bus at Kyoto station (as we live close to there). It’s the terminal station and many buses goes there. Sometimes there are rapid bus (limited express) but there are less buses, so it might not really save your time waiting for rapid bus.
- Arrival: there were clear Japanese/ English announcements when it arrived, plus most of the tourists would get off (so just follow them). Upon arrival it’s only a couple of mins walk to the gate.
One big recommendation: please wear comfortable shoes – the road to/ inside the pavilion are pebble paved so don’t wear anything with heels (although I know they look good on pictures~😜)
First impression of the pavilion is… gorgeous and peaceful!! As you can see the weather was not ideal on the day I went to there, but I could still see the refection in the water. I am very curious how it would look like when it’s raining~🌧
When we went around the park, we saw different views but same stunning beauty of the pavilion.eHow luxurious it would be to live in there! Seriously I think I can just sit there and look at the lake and do nothing for the whole day…
maybe in my next life I can try to be a princess in Japan and do that~ OK that’s a bit ambitious.🙃😆💔
Needless to say, there were loads of people😶. You can see that from my video
(as my photos are just to record nice things~😉) I guess no matter how early/ late you go, it’s like that as many are tourist groups.
In the park there is a back garden and a temple (there is temple everywhere in Kyoto; I would be surprised if there wasn’t one here.🐽). You can try your luck and flip the coin into that hole, but see how many coins on the floor.👋 Must be super hard.
Anyway as said it’s only a half day trip (or even less than that). But it’s definitely very impressive and we have taken a lot of pictures! Definitely go there if you ever come to Kyoto.💖