Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji [The Golden Pavilion]

The Golden Pavilion - Rokuon-ji Temple

We left for Kinkaku-ji [金閣寺] by bus on a rainy Monday morning. Even in the rain the Golden Pavilion is a very impressive site. Kinkaku-ji is the informal name for the main building for Rokuon-ji [鹿苑寺 (Deer Garden Temple)]. In the 1220s it was the villa of Kintsune Saionji, a central figure in the imperial court.
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Kyoto – Exploring Arashiyama – Tenryu-ji Temple

Sogen Pond Panorama II

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Tenryu-ji [天龍寺] is part of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. This temple was founded in 1339 by Shogun Ashikaga Takauji in memory of emperor Go-Daigo [1288-1339], whom he sided with during the civil war which brought an end to the Kamakura Shogunate [1185-1333].
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Kyoto/Osaka – Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

Kansai Airport

Our flight left out of Taoyuan International Airport an hour early to avoid Typhoon Krosa which was already hammering Taiwan with heavy wind and rain early Saturday morning. We barely made it to the terminal on time on account of a traffic accident preventing Cathy (who was coming from Nantou) to make it to the airport early.
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