If you enjoyed our quick photo stroll around Kyoto in Part 1, then here is a continuation of our virtual Kyoto Tour!
Similar to the Golden Pavillion, the Ginkakuji or the Silver Pavillion, was also a former retirement villa for a shogun. Now, it is a zen temple that is also a location of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
However, despite being named the Silver Pavillion, the nickname did not come from its exterior being covered in silver (which it is not) unlike the Golden Pavillion. Many say that it was simply a nickname given as a contrast to the Golden Pavillion, while others say that its former coat of black lacquer paint gave the building a silvery-shine when hit by moonlight.
As you stroll around the rest of Kyoto, you will really begin to feel a historical vibe in the area.
It is very easy to lose yourself and imagine that you are back in the 15th century.
Even this quaint bicycle shop is a welcome mix of old (bicycles), and very old (architecture), and they mix just right!
When you’re here, take your time to stop and ponder. Welcome the thought that you and people walking along the street are stepping on stone that have been around hundreds of years, and what it must have been like to walk on the same streets in the past.
And definitely, while you’re here, do indulge yourself and try out the local inns as well as the region’s food and delicacies!
Maybe while you’re taking a stroll, you’ll even bump into a beautiful maiko or even a geisha! That would truly be a treat.
So while the urban jungle of Tokyo is a sure-fire destination for most visitors, Kyoto provides you with an experience unique to its region. Not only does it let you see the rich history of Japan, it also has the ability (with your help) to transport you back in time. And wouldn’t that just be the coolest thing?
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Photographs by Justin De Jesus