Tourist is walking through bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan
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Beautiful Architecture in Kiyomizu-dera Temple Kyoto, Japan

Meander through Kyoto's temples and gardens


Kyoto, with its many shrines and gardens, exudes serenity. To learn more about Buddhist traditions during your trip to Japan, visit the Nanzen-ji zen temple, and discover the tenets of seated Zazen meditation. This calming practice is used by the monks of the Sanjūsangen-dō monastery, a 12th-century temple, which is home to 1,000 Buddha statues—a must-see when visiting Kyoto.

If you like to immerse yourself in local customs when traveling, we recommend participating in a shakyo calligraphy class. This ancient art form, still practiced in Buddhist temples today, is used to copy the sutras or philosophical lessons taught by Buddha.

Spend a moment at one with nature on a visit to the Saiho-ji moss temple, whose greenery seems straight out of a fairytale, or stop by Kinkaku-ji, the golden pavilion that towers over a traditional garden at the foot of the Kyoto hills. This Buddhist temple, covered with gold leaf, is one of Japan's national treasures.

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