Recently I had the opportunity to visit
The interesting thing about Kinkaku-ji is that it is literally a golden temple, the outer surface is real gold. Resting alongside a large pond filled with carp and surrounded by Japanese-style gardens, this area felt very tranquil and peaceful.
Arashiyama is located in the very Northwestern part of
Lastly we visited Fushimi Inari Taisha which is a shrine with many red gates that lead up the side of a small mountain and was popularized by the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. Walking through these gates felt like a very long tunnel, at times it would fork into separate directions so there were many different paths to take, some ending at smaller shrines. They went on for quite a ways, I don’t know exactly but it felt as if it was a little over 1 kilometer. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera when I went but I included a picture from Wikipedia.