This temple in Kyoto is almost surreally beautiful. A perfect golden building next to a perfectly pruned lake with ideally situated trees and rocks. I can imagine someone had a dream one day and made the landscape look just like it. It probably looks good in each season, too.

To counter this are the monstrous lines of people that double round the edge of the lake. Once you get past the viewing spots there’s actually very little to do before you find yourself in a car park with an assortment of weird vending machines.

Still, it is very pretty.



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