I arrived at the golden temple before 9am, because I wanted to experience it without too many tourists. It was pouring water. I paid 700 yen in a umbrella, got into the bus, 40 min to the north west of Kyoto. Arriving there, there were school buses full of children. School buses full of children. Oh boy, it was so frustrating! The rain, the children and more children, all the noise. The peace and quiet needed to fully appreciate a zen temple was completely ruined!
According to Wikipedia, the gold employed was intended to mitigate and purify any pollution or negative thoughts and feelings towards death.
#rainyseason #frustrationinkyoto #kinkaku -ji #aaaaaaah ! #pleasebequiet #turismoreal