5 Most Famous and Beautiful Japanese Temples (Video)
Explore the rich cultural tapestry of Japan through its iconic temples, each showcasing the country's enduring artistic legacy.
One such marvel is the Horyu-ji Temple, standing since 607 AD as the oldest wooden structure globally, illustrating the fusion of Chinese Buddhist influences and Japanese traditions in its Asuka architecture.
Similarly, the Shitennoji Temple, constructed in 593 AD, bears witness to Japan's early commitment to Buddhism. Despite enduring fires and reconstructions, the temple served not only as a spiritual refuge but also housed educational and healthcare facilities. The Treasure House and the Gokurakujodo Garden contribute to its cultural significance.
Moving forward, the Todai-ji Temple in Nara features the awe-inspiring Great Buddha within the Daibutsuden, the largest wooden building globally. Symbolizing Emperor Shomu's vision, the temple remains a historical anchor amidst reconstructions and natural disasters.
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The Kinkakuji Temple, or Golden Pavilion, stands out with its gilded exterior, reflecting Pure Land Buddhism's ideals. Despite fires throughout history, the temple, reconstructed in 1955, harmoniously combines different Japanese architectural styles, offering visitors a glimpse into the nation's artistic evolution.
Finally, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, founded in 778 AD, stands as a tribute to Japanese craftsmanship. Perched on a cliff with a breathtaking viewing platform, the temple showcases the delicate balance between tradition and nature, embodying Japan's spiritual connection with its surroundings.
Top image: The Kiyomizu-dera Temple in autumn. Source: idmanjoe/Adobe Stock