Temple of the golden pavilion

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.

4 Responses to “Temple of the golden pavilion”

  1. Tornadoes28 says:

    I love to visit these places but the crowds almost make it not worth visiting.

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  3. Suzie says:

    brightly-colored photos you take, really beautiful :)

  4. Andrew Gould says:

    What an excellent mix of images here. A very different take on this well photographed destination, bringing it new life.

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