Sunday Special – Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), Japan

Kyoto's Golden Pavilion, close up - Photo is Public Domain: Brücke-Osteuropa, 2011 Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto 1, CC0 1.0 Glittering in the sun due to its gold leaf exterior is one of Kyoto's most recognizable and loved sites - The Golden Pavilion, commonly called Kinkaku-ji in Japanese (though its official name is Rokuon-ji - 鹿苑寺). Standing stately it... Continue Reading →


Today is a combination of a where and a what: Japan and its snow monkeys (Japanese macaque). Although the snow monkeys are found in the wild in various areas of Japan there are some parks where they can be visited. Two such parks are Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama close to Kyoto and The Jigokudani Yaenkoen Park near... Continue Reading →

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