September 11, 2010

Ginkakuji, Kyoto

I had been looking forward to visiting Ginkakuji or Silver Pavilion since I saw a photo in a guide book. We took a walk along the beautiful Philosopher’s Path and Ginkakuji is on the northern end of the path. When we arrived some hours later, I was not disappointed.

Ginkakuji or Silver Pavilion © Evelyn Howard 2010

I wanted to see the sand garden, and here it was. I love that cone shape sand mount – if I had a big knife I’d cut it into slices like a cake…

Japanese sand garden © Evelyn Howard 2010

I couldn’t stop taking photos.

Silver Pavillion © Evelyn Howard 2010

Here’s another view of the sand garden, and of Kyoto.

Japanese garden © Evelyn Howard 2010

There are several other gardens too.

Moss groundcover in Japan © Evelyn Howard 2010

Thick moss groundcover… I am not sure what that hole is for.

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16 comments:

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Japanese gardens are so restful. I love the angle of your second shot. Lovely reflections with the azaleas pond. Enjoy your weekend.☺

ruthi said...

awesome sand garden. i would never set foot on it because I don't want to ruin the pattern.

Al said...

That is really beautiful. I wouldn't be able to stop taking photographs either!

ladyfi said...

Oh my, such loveliness! So much beauty that it is overwhelming. I do love mossy gardens.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Evy, bellissime queste scene fotografate !
Mi piacciono molto :)
Buona giornata.

Junneth said...

Wow Wonderful picture! Fantastic Scene!

The Notorious J.O.E. said...

What a beautiful place- I would like to visit there somtime! Thanks for sharing!

By the way, I enjoy the styling in your artwork!

Blessings!

Junneth said...

Wow beautiful gardens.. I like the most that has crater on the center!

cat said...

It looks so serene there. Lovely pics.

Linnea W said...

I've been to this temple! It is truly spectacular as are the surroundings. Your photos really capture the beauty and serenity!

diane said...

japanese gardens are beautiful and the sand garden so interesting. Great shots too.

Kaori said...

One of the things I love most about Kyoto is all that moss! So beautiful! Hope you show us a photo of Ginkakuji, too :D

Cassiopeia said...

Oh how I wish I could just walk right into those photos. The trees, the water, the architecture . . . it all looks so calm, yet so inviting.

Well done.

Evelyn said...

@ Kaori: The temple in the photo is Ginkakuji. LOL, just realised I haven't got a photo of the building on it's own!

michael said...

I love those low angle views of the sand garden. Funny that you don't have a photo of the temple itself.

michael said...

Not that's a real photographer that takes photos of what's interesting rather than what everybody else photographs. Nice shots of the sand garden.

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