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Insider: Finding the heart of Japan in Kyoto

Since that initial trip, George has returned dozens of times. Sacred spaces: Originally built at the end of the 14th century, Kinkakuji — a temple covered in gold leaf — is a stunning example of the gorgeous Japanese aesthetic. Serene scene: Located next to Tenryuji temple, the vast Arashiyama bamboo grove in western Kyoto’s Arashiyama district is like a natural temple.
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