The Nijo Castle and the Ginkaku-ji and Kinkaku-ji Temples

May 20, 2016 in Working Holiday in Japan

On the 12th of May I continued to Kyoto by train. It takes only a little more than one hour from Osaka to Kyoto. Having arrived in Kyoto I searched for a hostel first. Unfortunately, the hostels only allow a check-in in the afternoon around 3-4pm so I had to put my backpack into a locker. Luckily in Japan there are secure lockers at each station. Very convenient! The rest of the day, I walked around a bit before I then checked into the hostel.

The next day i started exploring Kyoto. I visited the Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle. On the way back to the hostel, I met a boy band that surrounded there by mostly young spectators sang a few songs.

On the 14th of May I visited the Ginkaku-ji and Kinkaku-ji Temples. Especially the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion Temple) I saw in pictures many times and therefore wanted to see it for myself too.

“Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺?, lit. “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”), officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺?, lit. “Deer Garden Temple”), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.[2] It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.[3] It is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which are World Heritage Sites.[4]” To Wikipedia

Now follows a little surprise: I already left Japan and I’m currently staying in Vietnam! After two month in Japan and together with the decision not to work in that country I felt a little bored from the environment. I wanted to experience something new and different and I heard that Southeastasian countries are also beautiful. I can tell that is true for the Philippines but I haven’t been to the other countries yet. Therefore I will make a short trip to these countries before I come back to Japan. The countries that I will visit are: Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and then the Philippines again. I will tell you in another post about my experiences in Vietnam :)

Impressions from 13-14.05.2016

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