Kinkaku-ji: The Golden Pavillion

At the very beginning of July I took a look at the beautiful weather outside and I decided that I needed to get out of the house and do something. Even after three months in Japan there was still so much that I hadn’t seen. So, I hopped on a train to Kyoto and then decided on where I might want to go. There are hundreds of temples in Kyoto and I had barely seen a handful.

The day was super sunny and because of that I decided I wanted to go and see Kinkaku-ji, the golden temple. I figured that it would be beautiful in the bright sunlight. I grabbed a bus at Kyoto station and I was on my way. Buses are the primary way of getting around in Kyoto. While it does have a subway system, it is not extensive and does not really cover all the sightseeing spots very well. The easiest way to get places is by bus.

The temple itself was very easy to find once I got off the bus. Like many of the popular temples it costs around 500-600 yen to get in. It was well worth it though. Like I had imagined the temple looked amazing with the sun glinting off of its gold coated walls. It was well worth the trip out there in the sun and heat. It is definitely a place I would return to see again.

There was also this fellow hanging out on an island near the temple. It definitely added to the picturesque feel of the temple. I’ve actually seen them quite a lot in Japanese gardens.  IMG_0816


Blogging is hard…

I came into this blog with a lot of dreams. For years I had read blogs about living in Japan and all sorts of different things. When I moved here I decided that that was what I was going to do. I’ll admit now that so far I have been a disappointment to myself and probably to the family that eagerly awaits these posts.

It’s hard to keep up with this kind of thing. It’s not that I don’t have things to write about. I do. I have had some amazing experiences over my year here. But I guess I’ve been too busy living to take the time to write things down about it. Life gets away from you. There are always other places to go and things to do. Or if you want to be a little more truthful, there is always something new to watch on youtube. Or a writing challenge that you signed up for. A myriad of things. What it boils down to is laziness in a lot of ways.

I’m hoping to change that from now on. I won’t make promises because I doubt I could keep them but I do intend to keep posting things and writing about my adventures in Japan. Until I catch up, the post will probably be about things that happened months ago but I’ll do my best to catch up soon.


This picture was from last April at Kiyomizudera. It’s been almost a year since then. It doesn’t feel like it.