While this is probably Kyoto’s busiest tourist spot, avoiding it would be such a mistake. Kinkaku-ji (or Temple of the Golden Pavilion, as it’s often known) is a tremendous site. Beyond the fact that its walls are shimmering gold, it also sits at the centre of a pond surrounded by lush green and black pine trees. It’s a stunning setting that feels like it was ripped right out of a storybook.

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