Kyoto Journals

Kyoto - Beautiful Beyond Belief

An August 2006 trip to Kyoto by retirejapan

The Golden Paviliaon Photo, Kyoto, Japan More Photos
Quote: Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, has a host of national treasures that have to be experienced.
The Golden Paviliaon Photo, Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto's Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji, is simply breathtaking. Be sure to spend some time enjoying the scenery and walking the grounds, and, of course, take lots of pictures. This is a must-see in Kyoto.

What to See?


There are several different sections of the city, some farther away than others. For a day trip, there are the east and west sides, but also north and south. My choice was the northern side. This include Kinkakuji and Ryoanji. It is possible to move from area to area, but the distances are pretty long, so it is best to stay in one section and see the attractions in that part of the city all in one day.

Ryoanji (Ryōan-ji Temple)

Attraction | "Ryoanji"

Ryoanji is a temple with a magnificent rock garden. This is a Zen garden made up of rocks and a little moss. It is a tranquil place where you can sit on the wooden floor of the temple and contemplate what the garden means. No one knows for sure, that is part of the fun. Many people sit and draw there. Take some time to enjoy it. Some places on the web say that it means "Tiger Cubs Crossing the Sea", but I do not know for sure. There is a slight admission charge.

Ryoanji (Ryōan-ji Temple)
13 Goryonoshita-cho Ryoanji Ukyo-ku
Kyoto, Japan 616-8001
+81 075 463 2216

While in Kimono, my "goodwill guide" took me to a Kimono Fashion show at a ... It was kinda interesting place, with things to buy that were very different from most places in Japan, if a little higher priced items.

Please see the attached pictures.