Today we are off to Kinkaku-ji, the golden pavilion!
Kinkaku-ji, an extravagant Zen Buddhist temple, is one of Japan’s premier tourists spots.
Now, getting to Kinkaku-ji is surprisingly hard. There are no train lines to it, or nearby really, and taxis can be expensive, so we ended up on a bus, which was extremely crowded, and Japanese bus etiquette is not what I’m used to.
Unlike London buses, on which you board at the front and exit from the middle, you board from the middle and exit from the front. When a bus is crowded, this is not easy at all! This bus was the single most cramped experience of my life, and I have used the Tube at rush hour with suitcases and bags a lot
You also pay as you get off, we bought a day rider pass, and I paid for it incorrectly by putting my money where everyone else put their’s, but you don’t for a day pass? I felt pretty embarrassed, but hey ho we had made it.
Make sure to research your way to and from Kinkaku-ji, this is a time that having mobile data really paid off.