Golden temple up the hill
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I get an early breakfast - it is quite nice - but I donâ€™t think I will ever really consider a meal mainly consisting of fish and rice a true breakfast. After finishing and checking out it is the usual procedure I can never quite figure out. There are an apparently endless series of bowing and thanking back and forth for the stay. But after a bit I move out of the door and walk down the road.
I get to a little hill in the outskirts of the town. Up on the hill is a series of shrines known as the Chuson-Ji it was built by the Fujiwara clan. Much of the original temples have been destroy by fire during the passing of time but there have been some reconstructions and there are still some old shrines left. One of the main sights is the golden temple in the middle of compound. The golden temple is unfortunately no photos. The golden temple is housed inside in a big building - and it is a really impressive little building covered in golden all over - all walls, the roof and the inside of the temple is covered by gold. The temple was build back in the 12th century and were soon protected by a building so the rain and wind would not destroy the golden faÃ§ade of the temple.
Around the hill were several smaller shrines and buildings scattered around the main hall is one of the most impressive of the buildings. All the sights are actually free with the exception of the golden temple and a few buildings next to it - but these were of minor interest.