Japan's Top 5 Temples and Gardens
Selecting the top 5 temples and gardens in Japan is like choosing the top 5 art works in the Louvre: it’s no easy feat. The Kyoto area alone boasts more than 2,000 temples and shrines, many of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites and national treasures. When it comes to gardens, Japan is equally famous for both its gorgeous landscape gardens and its rock gardens (also known as Zen gardens).
So we can’t say this list is the definitive top 5. For example, Horyu-ji Temple, the world’s oldest surviving wooden structure, and Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto’s gold leaf-covered Golden Pavilion, could easily find their way onto such a list. But the following 5 sites are definitely among the most extraordinary of Japan’s temples and gardens.