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Ginkakuji, the know as the famous "Silver Pavilion". It was original conceived to have a silver-leaf covering, but it never received it.
The place was constructed in the fifteenth century by Yoshimasa Ashikaga (an aesthete-mystic shogun) whose use for it was to host esoteric tea ceremonies where the highlight of the event was moon-watching from the elegant gardens.
If you see something that looks like Mt Fuji - it is actually a pile of white gravel that was left over from the construction - still it is a fun, possibly apocryphal story!
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The Etkan do is an exquisite temple set against the hillside. Its beautiful Amida Buddha statue is, unusually turning to look back over its shoulder.
Its strange posture commemorates a legendary statue that came to life and then berated Eikan, the astonished monk looking on for pausing from his ritual chanting.
Every autumn you can see special night illuminations of the flaming red and orange of the maple trees, highlighted by spotlight.
The effect can only be described as sublime and exceptional.
Nanzenji was a 13th-century palace which contains 12 temples and monasteries.
The impressive main entrance was constructed in 1628. There is a notorious local story where a robber known as Goemon lshikawa was boiled alive at this site in an huge iron cauldron. In order to save his son he held him aloft to keep him from suffering the same fate.
Since then, old-fashioned Japanese iron bathtubs have been gruesomely known as “goemon-buro."
Often overlooked by visitors, but worth a visit: Kompukuji is a dry landscape garden with a steep bank of azaleas, this temple is affiliated with the Rinzai school of Zen, but also has literary associations with two of Japan's greatest haiku master: Basho and Buson.
National Museum of Modern Art is, despite its name, mainly devoted to 19th- and 20th-century ceramics.
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