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I cannot find enough word to describe the beauty of this Temple, not only the Temple in itself, but also the surrounding gardens. You must be there, to feel it, to be able to understand; works won't make it justice.
Cool temple, 1,000 other people visiting on a daily though so be prepared to share your personal space. It's not worth arriving early for good photos, as generally the walkways don't encroach on your photo frames. You'd be better off spending your morning (first visit) at either the bamboo forest (which isn't that long btw) or doing the Red gate shrine (although that's huge - like a 40min to 1hr walk up & down hill)
Very popular with the Japanese. There is one superb view [as seen in all the books] but it is rather a one-trick pony. The gardens are nowhere near as good as the Silver Pavilion. If you are short of time, consider giving this a miss
I didn't check the opening time, so ended up there half an hour too early. However, in the morning there is a line there, since you cab take amazing pictures of the golden palace without the tourists running intonthe frame. Worth considering to join the hunt. The pics are worth it.
Get there before opening time (which is at 9am), maybe around 8:40am, so you are the front of the queue. On sunny days the sun is perfect position early in the morning to get a postcard quality photo of the Gold Pavilion, so follow the crowds and head there first thing to get a good spot
Very pretty. Lots of people. Some people dropped the tickets ( ofuda) on the ground and were stepped on. Ofuda is a symbolic to god and foreigners don’t know the meaning. I appreciate it . But sad to see ofuda on the ground and stepped on by many tourists.