Toji Temple (東寺) – Kyoto, Japan

After exploring the gorgeous Fushimi Inari Shrine, we explore the tallest pagoda in Japan at the Toji Temple. The pagoda is the symbol of Kyoto and has been designated by UNESCO as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” Word Heritage Site. The buildings around the temple hold a variety of ancient Buddhist sculptures (not pictured). 







We were offered free tea with gold leaves as we walked along the pagoda, and although it wasn’t the best we weren’t going to let the gold go to waste.


Can you tell i was in love with the fall leaves? This was my first time seeing them 😉 

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • The momiji leaves look so pretty! I can`t believe how empty the place is though, when I went to Toji Temple there were many more tourists.

  • The leaves are such a beautiful colour! I love autumn!

  • Beautiful! I love the fall colors!

  • Wow those leaves are such a beautiful color, it reminds me of fall time at home!

  • So pretty! I love the beautiful leaves!

  • Such a beautiful place! I always love to see pictures of Japanese shrines, they look amazing!

  • so gorgeous! I had no idea that it was an UNESCO site! I loved visiting it.

  • What wonderful pops of colour with the red leaves and berries! I love seeing the details in travels.