We check out the Golden Pavilion, Kinkajuji Temple, a Zen temple and world heritage site. It’s Easter, holiday time and we learn the meaning of mass tourism. Sardines in a school of seemingly millions. The temple, covered in gold leaf is crowned by a golden rooster, dates from the 14th century.
We wrongly identify a large heron reflected in the mirror-like lake. It wasn’t a crane after all. Eventually the sheer numbers of people get to him, and he flaps ponderously away.
This ancient and sprawling cypress building oozes power, the strength of the Tokugawa clan.
Incongruously, we come across a concours d’elegance…half a dozen beautiful Alfa Romeos in a courtyard, with movie cameras filming models promoting the beautiful vehicles.
Sorry sir I didn’t see the red rope that we climbed over to see the cars!