Kinkakuji, one of the most famous tourist site in Kyoto! In May you can enjoy the nice decoration in purple along the pond garden, Mirror Lake.
From Arashiyama area, it's easy transportation heading for Kinkakuji temple. Take Randen (Keifuku) train from Arashiyama. It's not JR train, and oldest railway in Japan, feeling very local in the train. :)
Massive golden Pavilion decorated with fresh green of maple! One of the perfect color combination.
There is some islands in the pond garden. Each island was built specially, some rocks were donated to Shogun by the local feudal lords. Gold and Rock is symbol of power.
Carp enjoy a relaxing swiming.
Finally at Kiyomizu temple. Can you see the Kyoto tower in the distant? We started the tour from there!!!
Another reason to put Kiyomizu temple in the end is because Gion area is quite near from Kiyomizu area.
The perfect time to enjoy strolling in Gion's main street is at around 6pm to 7pm. Because if you're lucky you may come across a beautiful Maiko hurring to get to the tea house to start to work.
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