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Tenryū-ji – Kyoto

We know eventually one gets “templed-out” in Kyoto, Japan; so we recommend to head to Tenryū-ji earlier in your stay. It has many subtle and beautiful elements that may suffer in appreciation after such over the top builds such as the Golden Temple at Kinkaku-ji or the sheer scale of Kyomizu Dera!

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Ninna-ji – Kyoto

Ninna-ji was originally built in the year 886-888 by Emperors Kōkō  and Uda as the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.  However, none of the buildings from the temple’s foundation in the 9th century still survive.  The oldest buildings date back to the beginning of the Edo Period in the early 1600s.  The Kannon Hall, the Niomon front gate, the Chumon… Read More

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Kyomizu Dera – Kyoto

Located up mount Otowain above Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward, Kyomizu Dera is one of the most impressive structures of ancient Japan (and holds one of the best views in Kyoto!).

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Daigoji – Kyoto

The Daigoji complex, a Shingon Buddhist temple in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan holds eighteen national treasures.  It holds one of the most beautiful gardens in all Kyoto. The perfect place to contemplate the colors of fall and the blooms of spring.

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Sultanahmet Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey

Commonly, it is known as the Blue Mosque, The Sultanahmet Mosque is on the must see list of any good site-seeing tour of Istanbul. It is a true marvel and a testament to builders of another age. The complexities of its vaults and tiling is a site to behold.
Visible from many spots around Istanbul, the Sultanahmet Mosque dominates the skyline.