Rokuon-ji Temple

When we looked through the tourist literature we gathered from the hotel, it quickly became apparent that it would take weeks to wander through all the temples and shrines of Kyoto. Sadly, there was only one day left of our visit there, but we packed it with activity.

After breakfast and a brief walk along the river near our hotel, we met Taeko and Yoshimi and their older sister Asami. We boarded a bus and traveled across town to our first destination, Rokuon-ji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The site, now a Zen Temple, was originally built by the 3rd Shogun of Ashikaga after he abdicated his throne in 1394. According to the pamphlet, "He indulged in his peaceful life in this serene setting." The pavilion is surrounded by a beautiful garden.

The first three pictures are taken by the river and at the bus stop.