This temple, according to our guide, replaced the original temple that was burned down by a crazed monk. I wasn’t quite finished whining in my head that there didn’t seem to be much value in visiting a replacement temple when it suddenly came into view.
1. You need a camera. I don’t know what it would be like to look at the temple and not take a picture to show the folks at home. It would probably trigger some kind of breakdown.
In the sunlight, it was as if someone dreamed up this golden structure, reflected on the surface of the surrounding pond, glittering – I couldn’t imagine such a thing with my own mind. Even now, two months after my trip, I am still baffled by the beauty of it. If I had to pick one place in all of Japan to go to, this would be it – no yummy food to eat or fun things to do there, but for the joy of looking at it, it’s the number one tourist attraction by a mile.
2. Prepare for a massive crowd -- people really just go there to snap, snap, snap pictures. It’s hard to look away!
Our guide told us not to face the front of the temple (which was congested with visitors) and just walk along the sides and behind it. That was fine. It was breathtaking from any angle, and closer from the side.
The gardens are beautiful and somehow, even with a sea of people, it still had a serene quality.
Would go again.
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