Buddhist temples in Japan always tend to leave quite an impression. They house some of the finest traditional art and architecture in the world and are maintained with the greatest care. Yet there is a catch for us cheapos: they tend to always ask for an admission fee. But what if I told you you can visit Japan’s most important Buddhist temples for free?
Retreating into the mountains, surrounded by nature, and solely devoting yourself to meditation and self-reflection. Sounds like a dream? Well, a temple stay offers you just that, plus a taste of traditional Japan.
The town of Uji makes a great day trip destination from Kyoto or Osaka to enjoy some delicious premium green tea as well as a relaxing walk along the town’s temples.
Daikakuji is what one would consider “slightly off the beaten path” as although it is located near Kyoto’s popular Arashiyama district, it largely remains unknown.
When you catch the first glimpse of its golden walls through the leaves across the lake, Kinkakuji draws you in.
Tucked away in the Kitayama Mountains north of Kyoto, lies the small mountain temple and onsen village Kurama.
Kyoto is the most popular tourist destination for foreign visitors to Japan by far and it should be no surprise that every attraction easily gets crowded.