Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion Temple)

Kyoto has an incredible amount of temples and shrines, but Kinkaku-ji is definitely one you don’t want to miss! It is a Zen Buddhist temple which is officially named Rokuon-ji. The Golden Temple was originally the retirement home of shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Unfortunately, the original structure was lost in a fire and the current building only dates back to 1955. Regardless, it is a very impressive and beautiful building.