The Golden Pavilion or Kinkakuji is a Zen Buddhist temple and dates back to around 1397 when it was owned by a shogun. The temple was burned to the ground by a monk in 1950. The present temple was rebuilt as an exact replica in 1955. The gold leaf exterior was reworked in 1984.
|The lower pond.|
The gardens surrounding the temple are typical of the Muromachi period. While the general public are not allowed inside the temple, we were free to stroll through the gardens.
|Area for tea ceremonies. I love the red umbrellas peeking trough the trees.|
There were shrines at which to worship.
|Coin operated offering machines.|
We were each given a blessing to take home with us. The blessing is valid for one year after which one needs to return to Kyoto to have it renewed. Not too onerous a task.