This was the first place I visited in Kyoto and unfortunately it was a morning of torrential rain (only 1 of 2 half days out of 10 I hasten to add!). The Golden Pavilion is clearly quite a sight and I would have loved to have seen it in the dry on a sunny day with the reflections in the lake but it wasn't to be. The gardens here and other buildings are not as extensive as elsewhere in the city and it takes a while to get there but I'm sure it should remain on the must-see list though perhaps not on a wet day.
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