Monday, 26 July 2010

Kyoto - Gold and silver temples

On sunday, we did the Golden Temple (Kikaju-ji) and then got the bus to the Silver Temple (Ginkaku-ji). The silver temple never actually got its intended silver coating, but both were stunning and I especially loved the gardens of both. The silver temple had a lot of the raked gravel which is very typically Japanese and was very dramatic against the luscious greenery of the surrounding gardens. After this, we did the Philosopher's Walk, which follows a tree-lined canal. It was beautifully serene and so lovely to do after dealing with the crowds of the temples.

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