Found only in one of Japan’s most beautiful places, Kyoto, is Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion.

People rave about this place, and well, you can see why. Situated on the edge of a large lake is this spectacular temple covered in gold leaf. The fallen snow and iced over lake make it ‘oh so picturesque’. It was the retirement villa of shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and was burned down thrice in history; twice during the Onin War and once more in 1950. The current structure was rebuilt in 1955.

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The overcast sky was a perfect backdrop against the Golden Pavilion as the weather gods summoned up a storm.


Snow made everything look very pretty but let’s not forget how darn cold it was. My extremities were numb and the little ducks made me shiver, watching them paddle in the water and dive under for food. Thank goodness I wasn’t born a duck in Japan.

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Mr crane was perched upon a rock, posing, as if he knew you were taking photos of him (or maybe it’s a her).

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