Kin Kaku Ji is a Zen temple whose English
name translates as
Temple of the Golden Pavilion.
Apart from Mount Fuji, Kin Kaku Ji is likely one of the most
photographed subjects in Japan, within a country with an
abundance of photogenic subjects.
The original building was constructed in the year
as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. After the
Shogun's death, his son complied with the Shogun's wishes and
converted the villa into a temple. The three-story pavilion is covered in
bright gold leaf and has a bronze phoenix on the roof.