Visiting Ginkakuji and more in east part of Kyoto
If you still want to visit another traditional and old temple when visiting Ginkakuji, try the east part of Kyoto, Eikando is my recommendation to visit. Eikando is very popular in autumn season due to its Momiji, Japanese maple. Meanwhile, in other seasons, you can enjoy greens and different colors of Momiji there. It took about one hour to see around. You can enjoy Kyoto’s city view from Tahoutou, the top area.
When I visited there around 4pm, a buddhist monk was chanting a Buddhist sutra while singing and playing metal bowls and wooden drums. It’s exciting to watch.
Right behind Ginkakuji, there is Mt. Daimonji to hike for one hour. Mt. Daimonji is one of the five places to light a bonfire to send away the spirits of deceased family members on August 16. Mt. Daimonji is very popular for trail running and hiking.
I went there in the rain and so could only see whiteout scenery and barely the fire places. One local person who was cleaning up Mt. Daimonji in the rain, said it was unusual to see this scenery and that it was a rare experience. OK, I accepted it as his encouragement to me.
At first, it’s a gentle slope, but at the top of the mountain, it’s whiteout weather.