Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)

View of Kyoto @ Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan

Often overshadowed due to its shortcomings in the bling department, the Silver Pavilion has some of the most beautiful grounds and views in Kyoto.

The bus seemed like an economical and efficient way of getting around Kyoto, but in reality it was pretty slow and the buses did not come by often. Next time we’re just going to take taxis everywhere.

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The bus route to Ginkaku-ji took us through a massive Torii gate, but our stupid camera wouldn’t autofocus fast enough to catch it. It’s one of those iconic Kyoto landmarks.

Massive Torii Gate @ Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto by bus is a very interesting ride. We’re in Japan, a place with some of the highest population density in the world. Out here in Kyoto, it is interesting to observe how despite it being a very populous place, construction is curtailed to preserve its old-world charm. I’m pretty sure there is a cap on building sizes around here.

Apartments @ Kyoto, Japan
At the beginning of the grounds there is a beautiful zen garden, which unfortunately seem to have evaded most of our pictures.

One of the more iconic things about Ginkaku-ji is the upside-down bowl sculpture made of the sandy gravel in the zen garden. We don’t have any pictures of it, but we did get a part of the zen garden at least.

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Right off the bat you can see the Silver Pavilion. You may be disappointed to learn that unlike Kinkaku-ji, this one is not made of solid silver. It’s just called “Silver” because of its natural coloration (and it’s the closest counterpart to a building made of gold).

Silver Pavilion @ Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan
So, the disappointment over absence of bling aside, one of the more fun things about Ginkaku-ji is the nature trail that winds through the woods and up a small mountain. It’s not hardcore hiking or anything, just a pleasant walk through a mossy forest.

The moss was so green, and so fine, it was like a carpet blanketing the ground. It almost looked fake. Pictures do it no justice.

Channel @ Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan
There are a few shrine-like setups positioned throughout the pass; Ginkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple so this is to be expected.

Statues @ Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan
The coolest part is by the view from the top of the hill. Kyoto is very flat both geographically and by design.

View of Kyoto @ Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan
It’s also nestled between mountains so I’m sure the summers here are awful.

Anyway, Ginkaku-ji was really fun. It’s a shame we didn’t take more pictures. We will definitely be returning in the future!

Johnny

Pro-family and anti-drug, when he's not too busy living with four beautiful ladies, he likes long walks on the beach and poking dead things with sticks.

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