Is this the most photographed temple in Japan?
I was down in Kyoto last week meeting a Danish tea master (more on that one day) and staying at a Zen Buddhist temple for a night (no photos!).
In between the two I had a morning to spare so what to do? My first thought was to find a nice quiet temple among the thousands, but in the end I decided to head for Kinkakuji, temple of the golden pavilion, and the ultimate Kyoto tourist trap. The challenge I set myself was to avoid the usual cliches. (In fact, there’s only one place to take a ‘postcard’ shot of Kinkakuji. No doubt it was designed that way, albeit not for photography)
This was a scorching spring day so the temple was even busier than usual. I took my shots and hot-footed it out of there.