A Buddhist temple and one of the most popular tourist sites in Kyoto designated as a World Heritage Site. Though officially named Rokuon-ji, it is better known as Kinkaku-ji (golden pavilion) because its top two stories are covered with pure gold leaf. One of the reasons for its popularity is its all-year-round seasonally changing beauty with cherry blossoms in spring, plush greenery in summer, colored leaves in autumn, and snow in winter. Kinkaku-ji has been burned down twice: during a civil war in the 15th century and by arson in 1950. It was restored to the current building using 200,000 pieces or 20 kg of gold leaf, at a cost of 700 million yen. It is said that the monk responsible for setting fire to the temple did so because of “intense jealousy he felt toward the beauty of the temple.” It is a must visit place for those eager to be awestruck by its other-worldly beauty.