Also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion – for obvious reasons. The present pavilion is a modern one, dating from the 1950s, after the previous structure was burned down by a crazed monk. However, there has been a temple on the site since the 14th century AD.
Beautiful colours of turning leaves, together with the warm days and cool evenings, make autumn one of the best times to visit Japan.
These foxes or kitsune are messengers of Shinto deity Inari and offer good luck and protection against evil spirits.
Japanese gardens are rightfully famous and imitated around the world.