From the fox temple, we visited the next destination the golden temple or Kinkaku-ji. Kinkakuji located in east of Kyoto. From the Kyoto station, the option is either to ride bus no 101 or 205. The duration was about 45 minute, perfect time to take a nap in the full AC bus!
The ticket entry to the temple was so unique, a paper that looks like come from scene of anime.
A MUST to try in Kyoto. The super delicious matcha green tea.
The temple itself was no entry. You could only admiring the temple from the distance, but the scene was so beautiful and so precious! No wonder it was included as one of UNESCO world heritage site.
The leaf in the upper part was naturally red, i didnt edit it at all. Mix of summer and touch of fall.
Originally this golden pavilion belong to some rich man, and the sold to the shogun Yoshimisu. By the shogun’s son the pavilion transformed into Zen temple to honored his death father. It has total 3 floor, and the top 2 floors are covered with gold! Each floor has different style of architecture. The first floor, shinden/Heian style, built with natural wood pillar. The door is opened, and from afar we can barely saw a small figured of budha. The second floor, bukke style, a common style used by samurai residences, only the exterior is layered with gold. The third floor, Chinese zen hall is layered interior and exterior by gold.
Closer look of the temple from behind
After admiring the temple, we continued walking and found shop that sold traditional sweets and matcha tea. Very interesting and so-japan!
From there, our original plan was went direct to Ginkakuji. But, the hunger strikes. And we decided to took a route instead, and visited the famous traditional market of Kyoto, nishiki market. When we are staring cluelessly to the bus schedule and try to figure which bus to reach nishiki market, a kind ojisan (grandpa) asked us in japanese, which direction we want. I speak English and he speak japanese, but it was not a barrier for such a kindness. He explained it that we wait in the wrong bus stop, and should took the other stop. Arigatou ojisan!
If I had to described nishiki market the it would be “food heaven” Oh God there were so many delicious and interesting looking food here. I wish had unlimited money and stomach to digest all of that tasty food!
Nishiki market or “Kyoto’s Kitchen” located parallel to shijo avenue, and from there you must make a turn to reach nishiki market. Ask people around there if you don’t sure. You can find anything here, from fresh seafood, candy, pickles, food, knife, dried seafood, sushi
So here, enjoy the picture. Watch out for unconscious drooling!
Unagi and some type of baked Fish.
Fresh fish and Abalone!
Kyoto Traditional Pickl
Snack and Cute looking Sweets
I do recommend you to try this 2.
Baby Octopus with Head from quail egg. Looks like baby alien with Cap LOL although the appearance was strange, the taste was extremely tasty!
BEST SCALLOP I EVER TRY IN MY WHOLE LIFE!!!!! All other Scallop was like a rubber compare to this one. The flavor was so delicious, so fresh, the marinade sauce compliment the scallop very well. The juiciness from the scallop….arrrggghh soooo goood! My only regret was i can not taste this delicacy every day.
From Nishiki i continued my journey to the twin temple of golden pavillion, The silver pavillion. I will write about it later!