Photos That Inspire – Kinkaku-Ji, Kyoto, Japan

The Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan

Of all the historic sights of Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion) is perhaps the most famous.  So on Phil's first trip to Japan, we couldn't miss it.  Among all major tourist attractions, some border the gaudy and almost cheesy, and with the name "Golden Pavilion", that's what we would expect.  So we were pleasantly surprised to find a tranquil garden with limited visitors.  On top of it, the cherry blossoms were blooming all around Kyoto.  It turned out to be one of the least "touristy" tourist sights we have ever visited.
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