Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) & Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Wednesday 15 April 2015
Back in Kyoto for a final day of sightseeing but first it was time to wave goodbye to Stu and Tamsyn, who were heading home via Tokyo, leaving me to fend for myself for a few days.
After their departure, I headed north by bike to see the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion). As one of the most visited attractions in Japan, it was rammed with tourists of every conceivable nationality. To be honest, it ranks about 'meh' on the scale of places to see and I was through it in an hour.

In the afternoon I had a brain wave to pack some of the clothes I knew I'd not be needing again and send them home in the mail to save some weight. I'd found carrying the bike & panniers by hand when getting on / off trains was starting to give me back trouble and anything to reduce the weight was welcome!
Later on, I headed out on foot to the Kiyomizu-dera temple on the eastern edge of Kyoto and got properly rained on along the way. The shrine complex is impressive though with its grand views over Kyoto and must look amazing on a clearer day.