Ginkaku-ji on a Sunny June's Day
Ginkaku-ji (otherwise known as "The Temple of the Silver Pavilion") is one of Kyoto's most famous temples. There are a few theories as to why it is called "Silver" since there is no silver coating on the pavilion. One theory is that it was originally planned to be coated in silver, but the person building it ran out of money. Another theory is that because the pavilion looks similar to the one a Kinkaku-ji ("The Temple of the Golden Pavilion"), but since it isn't coated in gold like that one, it was nicked named "Silver". A third theory of the origin of the name comes from the silver coloured rock garden which can be seen in today's photograph.
Even though prior to taking this photograph I had been to Kinkaku-ji four times, that day was my first visit to Ginkaku-ji. I remember the day being a very hot, humid and sunny day, as we can get in late June. I also discovered that day the neighbourhood of Ginkaku-ji, it has many varied and affordable restaurants, probably because it's near Kyoto University.
Most Kyoto travel guides tell you to catch a bus all the way from Kyoto station to Ginkaku-ji, don't do that unless you want to spend half your time in Kyoto sitting on a cramped bus slowly chugging it's way through Kyoto's traffic! Here's the fast way: catch a train on the Keihan Main Line to Demachiyanagi; take the exit which goes to the north side of Imadegawa Dori (outside of Shojoin temple); catch a bus from there heading east; it's about a 2.4km bus trip from there in a not so busy part of Kyoto. It's also possible from near Ginkaku-ji to get buses which head west along Imadegawa Dori to places like Kitano Temangu Shrine and Kinkaku-ji on a not so congested route, or you can go from those places to Ginkaku-ji by bus.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens with a circular polarising filter. The only edits I applied to this photo was to crop it and tone down the highlights.