There are a few things that absolutely need to be on your itinerary when you’re visiting Japan. 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.