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day 2 in Kyoto, Japan: the Golden Pavilion, the Silver Pavilion, and hiking Mt. Inari - Dadcation
Wednesday, June 13 began with hot coffee at McDonald’s in Kyoto, because that was the only place I could quickly find hot coffee in our new ‘hood (we also had fried meat on a stick from a nearby street vendor). By 9:45, we were at the “Golden Pavilion” — Kinkau-ji Temple. Covered in gold leaf on 2 floors, it was built by a Shogun as a retirement villa, but willed to become a Zen temple after his death in 1408. It was absolutely beautiful. Not pictured: the thousands...