Japan 2017: Ginkaku-ji / The Silver Pavilion + Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto

Ginkaku-ji Temple, a Zen temple, was established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Muromachi Shogunate. Yoshimasa built Villa Higashiyama den to spend his retired life.

Japan 2017: Kinkaku-ji / The Golden Pavilion, Kyoto

Kinkaku is a shariden, a Buddhist Hall containing relics of Buddha. The pavilion is part of a temple that is formally named Rokuon-ji Temple but commonly called Kinkaku-ji Temple or Temple of the Golden Pavilion.

Japan 2017: Tenryu-ji Temple + Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

A little fast fact first – there are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto alone. You won’t be able to see everything that Kyoto has to offer in a day. It is essential that you pick the sites you want to see and carefully plan your route.