The Amazing Sight Of Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion) In Japan Is Pictured On This Resin Fridge Magnet
One of Japan’s most visited places, the incredibly beautiful Kinkaku-ji is set amidst tranquil, landscaped gardens. Originally only a villa for statesman, Saionji Kintsune, the Kinkaku-ji complex was created by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu after he purchased the building. Following Yoshimitsu’s death the site was converted to a Zen Buddhist Temple. It remains a temple to this day, with the current pavilion having been built in 1955 after the original was burnt down in 1950. This lovely pavilion stands on the edge of Kyoko-chi (Mirror Pond), a piece of water which contains many small islands. You can possess a small representation of this masterpiece of Japanese design by purchasing this resin fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
Historic Monuments Of Ancient Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji is only one of seventeen locations which have UNESCO World Heritage site status; the historic monuments of Kyoto. These locations are situated in, and around, the cities of Kyoto, Uji, and Ōtsu. Several buildings, gardens, and places of natural beauty come together in the three Shinto shrines, thirteen Buddhist temples and one castle that make up these locations which, as a group, were granted World Heritage status in 1994. This area of Japan survived major destruction in the Second World War and each historic location is representative of the century in which it originated, spanning the 10th century to the 19th century. Included in the locations is the Ujigami Shrine, a shrine of the Shinto religion, situated in the city of Uji. The only castle included in the locations is Nijō Castle, construction of which commenced in 1601.
Kyoto is a large city, modern and sprawling, but with hidden jewels of beauty such as temples and parks. From 794 until 1868 Kyoto was the Japanese capital. Kyoto has five districts; Central, North, South, Arashiyama (Western Kyoto), and Higashiyama (Eastern Kyoto). Nijō Castle lies in the Central district whereas Arashiyama has natural beauty and the North district is home to many shrines and temples. Kyoto does not have its own airport but can easily be reached from the two airports which serve Osaka. Many people travel to the city by bullet train from Tokyo. Once you have arrived in the city, as well as the palaces and temples to visit, there are plenty of opportunities to partake in some Buddhist meditation and during cherry blossom season this beautiful flora is a familiar sight.
Osaka is part of the Keihanshin area of Japan, together with Kobe and Kyoto. By size of population it is the third largest city in the country and is regarded as the commercial centre. Osaka is easily reached from Tokyo, by road, rail and air. There is no shortage of sights to see, or things to do, in this huge city. It is home to Japan’s oldest temple, Shitennoji, first constructed over one thousand years ago and rebuilt several times since. A more modern experience can be had at Japan’s Universal Studios which greatly resembles those in Hollywood and Orlando in the U.S.A. For those interested in the animal kingdom, The Tennoji Zoo is situated in the park of the same name. Underwater creatures can be found at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan where thousands of fish are on display. From the oceans to the sky where a ride on the Tempozan Ferris Wheel provides a different view of Osaka. Whatever your interest this resin fridge magnet, picturing Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion) is an ideal memento of this part of the world; why not buy this item now from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.