View image of Kyotoâs famed âSilver Pavilionâ, or Ginkaku-ji, is an enclosed paradise of ponds, thick moss, classical Japanese architecture and swaying bamboo groves, tucked at the base of the Higashiyama Mountains. It is unquestionably one of the most luxurious gardens in the city, and belongs near the top of any Kyoto sightseeing itinerary. The autumn foliage here is among the best in the city. (John Elk III/LPI) (Credit: John Elk III/LPI)
Religious sites are the main draw for many visitors to this Japanese city, and its 1,000 temples and 400 shrines are among the best examples of religious architecture on earth.