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January 3, 2019

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Top Ancient Temples in Japan Every Traveller Must See

Top Ancient Temples in Japan Every Traveller Must See

When in Japan, temple hopping is part and parcel of travelling. The good thing is that there are plenty of temples in almost every corner of the country. In fact, there are already 2,000 temples in Kyoto alone. It’s hard to imagine how many are there in total.

Back in 2016, I posted a lot of articles on the site about my visit to Japan and here are some more additions to that chapter. Take a look at the ancient temples that need to be added to your bucket list.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto)

temple kyoto(image: Wikipedia)

Kyoto is a great place to start because it’s a temple hotspot as mentioned earlier. Dubbed the ‘Heart of Japan’, Japanology describes Kyoto as a shining example of a city that preserves tradition while welcoming modernity. Kiyomizu-dera is one of the must-visit temples in the city, and it’s also one of the oldest in Japan. It was built in 778 without the use of any nails, as the builders relied on their ingenuity to interlock wooden planks and columns together. The best time to visit is during autumn, when the temple’s lights illuminate the vibrant colours of the surrounding landscape.

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