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Take a brief glimpse into traditional Japan by visiting Kyoto. In this video, we explore two of the more popular temples in Kyoto. Ryoan-ji is known for its serene landscape and its rock garden (not in video). Kinkaku-ji is the almost-iconic temple of Kyoto, with its gold-foiled water lining the water. We also get to see the garden area of Nijo Castle, which was used by the Tokugawa shogunate, who ruled Japan until the 1840s. Finally, we take a stroll inside Fushimi Inari, which is famous for its THOUSANDS of torii, or wooden gates, that line the path up a small mountain.
Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di-II