Japan: Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji

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Officially named Rokuon-ji, The Golden Pavilion is one of the most lavish temples I have ever seen. It’s actually golden and very, very shiny. I can only imagine how it must look with the sun shining – I bet sunglasses would be needed.

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We went early, and it was packed. School kids all over the place running around getting more and more hyper as the golden from the temple became brighter. I should say here that this was also happening to me. I also want to add that the entrance ticket was probably the best ticket I have ever bought.

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The complex was actually really large and once we passed the temple we entered a lovely market where the matcha (green tea) had gold flecks in it and traditional Kyoto delicacies could be sampled and purchased.  Which is exactly what Sister and I did.

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