Japanese temples: 17 stunning shrines travelers will love

Erika Owen, Travel + LeisureUpdated 2nd April 2017
(CNN) — When visiting Japan there are a few things that absolutely need to be on your itinerary.
Enjoying some (or a lot) of sake with locals. Ample time to explore all of Tokyo's nooks and crannies.And -- if you're a lady who's into anime or manga -- a visit to the female-only otaku cafe in Osaka.
Then there are the breathtaking temples and shrines you'll find around every corner of Kyoto, spaces where locals and tourists alike gather to share a peaceful moment. Each one is special, whether it's a space for housing sacred objects or one for worship.
Need more incentive to book that ticket?
The gallery above features 17 beautiful Japanese temples in Kyoto and beyond.
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