The ‘Golden Pavilion’ Covered in White
As mentioned in my previous post, “Snowy Streets of Kyoto“, snow in Kyoto is just not that common, but when it does, the view is breathtaking!
You must also be wondering…
“So what do locals do when it does snow heavily in Kyoto?”
Well, they visit Kinkakuji (also known as, ‘The Golden Pavilion’). I’m not trying to say that ALL or MOST of the locals here visit the temple when it snows. However, that is what I observe, from the multiples times that I had visited the temple. Some of my Japanese friends even told me that they envied me and that I was very lucky to have seen it with my own pair of eyes.
So yes, snow is uncommon in Kyoto, but to see Kinkakuji covered in snow is just a rare but beautiful sight.
If you’re into photography, I can assure you that this will be really worth your time and money to take several shots of it in the snow.
Just be careful, though. There will be huge crowds of locals and tourists rushing to take photographs and selfies at Kinkakuji during winter, especially when it snows heavily.
My best advice?
Be the first to enter the temple when it opens at 9 in the morning, to beat the crowd.