Just an easy bus ride through Kyoto will find you at the Kikaku-ji temple, commonly referred to as The Golden Pavilion. As this temple is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, expect a lot of fellow gawkers. Still, not a site to be missed. This building exemplifies several different Japanese architecture styles and has actual gold leaf lining its walls. The gardens are beautifully manicured and serene despite the abundance of selfie sticks.