Tag Archives: silver pavilion

Part #6: The Not-So Silver Silver Pavilion

Part #1: How I Quietly Fell in Love with Japan
Part #2: Getting Around Kyoto
Part #3: Bamboos Galore!
Part #4: The One in Which I Did Not Get Attacked By a Monkey
Part #5: In Search of a Geisha

Next up on my Kyoto itinerary was the Silver Pavilion, or Ginkaku-ji.¬†Built in the 15th century, the two-storied temple isn’t actually silver. Way back when, the plan was to cover the building in a silver foil, and the nickname stuck.

The best way to get to the Silver Pavilion from the Westin is to walk along the Philosopher’s Walk, a pedestrian-only path along a canal.

It is an easy, scenic stroll, filled with curious odds and ends. Case in point:

***IMG_7233

And this:

*IMG_7215

**IMG_7200

***IMG_7184

**IMG_7220

The path is also very popular with cats and people who like to play with cats.

**IMG_7075

**IMG_6935

**IMG_6837

**IMG_7103

The end of the path leads to the Silver Pavilion which boasts traditional Japanese gardens and pretty views in addition to the not-so silver Silver Pavilion.

***IMG_7298

The Silver Pavilion

***IMG_7336

I love these Japanese trees. We need more of these in the U.S.

*IMG_7355

So pretty.

Japanese rock gardens are decidedly sparse. But that doesn’t mean they are easy to maintain. They are stunning works of art.

**IMG_7240

*IMG_7250
**IMG_7292

**IMG_7280

**IMG_7315

And finally the view from the top of the garden:

**IMG_7382

 

Tagged , ,
%d bloggers like this: