The Golden Pavilion (金閣寺) – Kyoto, Japan

Our last Kyoto attraction was this gorgeous Zen Buddhist Temple named, Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺) which literally means “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”. This temple is also designated by UNESCO as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” World Heritage Sites, like the Toji Temple. This was one of the places i’ve always seen in pictures and was dying to visit on our trip.

The top two stories of the pavilion are covered in pure gold leaf and it was much more breathtaking in person, to see how the gold temple shined across the pond.

                                                        ^^ Matching with the Golden Pavilion ^^

After our walks around the temple grounds we made our way to Kyoto Station and on to the last stop of our trip, Osaka! I feel like these posts are taking forever to share with you, but i promise we’re close to the end. Have you enjoyed the journey so far?!

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • Beautiful! I need to go back and visit that temple. It's one of the most unique and gorgeous shrines and I don't think I appreciated it when I first saw it when I visited Japan back in high school.

  • Don't worry, I love these posts about your visits to different places in Japan! I've been wanting to visit Japan since I was a kid, and I hope to go soon! That temple is just breathtaking.

  • I loved the Golden Pavilion while I was in Kyoto – I went twice! My friend's husband proposed there too on their trip…such a nice backdrop for the surprise proposal pics!

  • beautiful pictures! I especially appreciate how well you planned your outfit to coordinate with the pavilion! 🙂

  • Wow this temple looks absolutely stunning! I've really been enjoying your posts about your trip so far. It's fun to see how different it is over there in comparison to Europe or the US. 🙂
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  • Your outfit matches the temple! It's gorgeous!