Sumary of How crowded is Kyoto now without international tourists?:
- It can be shoulder-to-shoulder here at times, especially when big tour buses arrive, offloading big groups of people who all jostle for a front-row view of the building.
- It may be one of the 17 nationally protected Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, which are classified as a World Heritage Site, but right now it feels more like a beautiful local park that tourists haven’t discovered yet.
- Without the maddening crowds, our senses felt strangely heightened in a way they never had been before on our previous trips to Ginkakuji.
- The parking lot was filled with sightseeing buses, and while the store-lined approach to the temple wasn’t as crowded as usual, it was still bustling, and crowded to the point that if you were to suddenly stop walking, someone would almost certainly bump into you from behind.