We are going to the famous Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺 Golden Temple) from Sagano (嵯峨野) by bus.
Above pictures; Women wearing kimonos are tourists from China. Bus stop in front of Kinkaku-ji. Japanese traditional soba noodle restaurant. Approach to Kinkakuji Temple.
Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, Temple of the Golden Pavilion), officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺, Deer Garden Temple), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, built in 1397. It is one of Japan’s best-known sights and designated as World Heritage Sites.
After passing through the main gate、it is Karamon (唐門 Chinese-style gate). You have to pay the entrance fee at the left side box.
I have been to European countries and visited many churches and monasteries, but I’ve never paid admission fee. That is very strange.
The Pine tree of Riku-shuu is located on the north side of the abbot’s chamber. The founder of the Rokuon-ji temple, Great General Yoshimitsu Ashikaga planted it himself. The age of the pine tree is over 600 years.
After the Syakyo-syo (写経所) we arrived at the edge of the Kyouko pond (鏡湖池), the beautiful Golden Pavilion was reflected on the pond surface.
Left the Golden Pavilion we are walking to the traditional Japanese garden of Rokuon-ji Temple.
Passing in front of Tea House, you can see the building called Fudo-do (不動堂). Fudo-Myouo (不動明王 Acala) is a god of folk religion.
We are shopping at the souvenir shops, then will go back to the hotel and take a rest.