On the last day of our visit to Kyoto, when we were exhausted and almost decided not to see anything more, we decided to try to see Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. It was late, near 4 pm in the afternoon, and we were wondering if the temple would be open. To our surprise, there were huge crowds of people streaming toward the entrance. We quickly found out why. In the last afternoon sun, Kinkakuji is truly golden and mesmerizing, shining so brightly it is almost difficult to look at. What a perfect way to end our trip to Kyoto!