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An out of this world temple, The Golden Pavilion Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

When you get to travel the world, you become used to seeing large crowds flocking a site, especially when it is a famous location. Visiting Kinkaku-ji felt very much the same, but what I got to see in the end was unlike any other sight in Japan; Kinkaku-ji Temple, standing as a legacy of medieval Japan in all its glimmering glory.

Although the temple is not the original one that was built centuries ago, it is still a site to behold. It was originally built in 1397 by Yoshimitsu but burned down twice during the Onin Civil War and in 1950 when it was destroyed by arson, apparently by a fanatic monk.  As this temple was too magnificent to disappear, it was rebuilt in 1955.

Kinkaku-ji Temple’s most obvious appeal is the gold leaf that completely covers the top two levels of the three-story structure: gold like you’ve never seen before. It looks so fragile yet it has stood here longer than some visitors have been alive. If you look beyond that, you’ll notice that each floor is built in a different style of architecture. The bottom level represents the Heian period, the second embodies the samurai warrior spirit in its details, and the third is the Zen floor.

While you can’t actually go inside the temple, there is more to see after passing it along the pathway. There are statues that designate a coin toss to gain luck and good fortune. You will also see a large teashop where you can enjoy traditional tea.

Wherever you go in the world, you need to visit Japan. And wherever you go in Japan you should visit Kyoto. I would have to say this is a must-see based on its beauty and history. To book your Japan tour email us on or visit

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