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