There are many wonderful little shops to visit on the road leading up to Ginkakuji (the Silver Pavillion). I loved all of them, but especially the ones selling chirimen and fabirc goods...but no time to look in all of them.
Sweets, cakes and crackers are very popular souvenirs (omiage)
Kyotoites sure do adore green tea! They put it in everything; cakes, ice cream, drinks and cream puffs. And there was a very strong smell of green tea in the air in many of the places we visited.
This is the entrance to Ginkakuji. All the structures were magnificent and imposing.
A beautiful bamboo grove.
I found all the architectural elements fascinating. The work that went into building these structures is truly mindboggling.
And the sand structures..absolutely perfect. This one is meant to represent Mt Fuji I think.
And here it is - Ginkakuji! Only it isn't silver, but still beautiful. More photos to come.