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One of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world, The Golden Pavilion is located in the northern hills of Kyoto. The Yoshimitsu, the third Ashikaga shogun, constructed the pavilion in 1398 as part of a much larger villa complex that combined Heia
Address: 3, Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602 Japan. Tel:(075)211-1215.
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The Heian Shrine was constructed as a scaled-down(5/8) version of the Daigoku-den, the Palace of the Hall of State, of the original capital of 794 for the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the city in 1892. It was dedicated to the memory of the emper
Katsura Villa is one of the finest examples of architecture and landscaping in Japan's ancient former capital, Kyoto. The villa was built for the Hachijo-no-miya family more than 350 years ago. Family members and guests visited the site to write and read
This temple was built in 1489 during the Muromachi Period by Shogun Asikaga Yoshimasa. The Togudo Hall is of the original Shoin structure. The garden is an outstanding example of Muromachi Period landscape architecture.
This large, active temple is one of the most important in Kyoto. Nanzenji Temple, originally a detached palace of Emperor Kameyama in the 13th century, became the headquarters of the great Rinzai sect in 1293. In spite of fires, an eclectic collection of
This Rinzai Zen monastery, founded in 1324, is known for its magnificent buildings; the present ones date from the 15th century. There are 20 subtemples on the grounds, including Daisen-in (Great Hermit Temple) and Koto-in (High Paulownia Temple)—ei
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