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Must-visit in Japan – Kinkaku-ji

Japan is the land of exotic landscapes, active volcanoes, diverse culture, delightful cuisines, fascinating temples like Kinkaku-ji,  and of course the colourful cherry blossoms that make your travel experiences worthwhile.

The skyscrapers, the trains and the shopping areas will only leave you reveling more in the land of the rising sun. Among the many places that you explore in Japan are the temples. They have aesthetics that leave you spellbound.

Kinkaku-ji

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One of the must-visit and best known sights in Japan is the Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is also known as the Golden Pavilion and is covered in a dazzling gold leaf, shining above the reflecting pond with a spectacular view.

It is designated as a National Historic Site and a Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site. It is also one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.

Kinkaku-ji was built by Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga (1358-1409) in 1393 as a retirement villa. After his death, his son converted the building into a Zen temple and named it Rokuonji.

kinkaku-ji temple

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Kinkaku-ji was burned down several times and now the present temple structure dates from 1955, which was rebuilt true to the original. The temple complex has a breathtaking view with a bountiful bonsai garden.

The stunning view of the garden and the calmness of the pond that reflects the temple is so therapeutic that you will not want to leave the place. The serenity that surrounds this place has an aura that instills positive energy.

So if you ever plan to visit Japan, don’t miss this wonderful place- Kinkaku-ji.

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