The historical wonders of Kyoto

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Signs on the walkway below the blooming cherry trees say that tripods are forbidden by all means. The congestion caused by all the visitors taking snapshots explains why it wouldn't be a good idea to let gear-conscious Japanese amateur photographers put up their tripods and massive lenses in this bottleneck of the walking route around Kiyomizu temple. … This spot offers the best views (and photo opportunities) of one of Kyoto's most famous temples. The lane leading up to the temple is lined with souvenir shops and in the afternoon you often have to queue just to pass up or down. Kyoto's most visited site, however, is a Zen temple called Rokuon-ji, or rather, the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji). Originally the retirement villa of a fabled 14th-century Shogun (or military ruler), this gold-coated pavilion was burned down in 1950 by a mentally disturbed novice monk …