The golden temple is a Zen temple and the entire second and third floor is covered with gold leaf. It has been burnt down multiple times in the past and has been reconstructed. The garden around the temple is as beautiful as the temple itself. This used to be Shogun's retirement house.
We did a day trip to Kyoto and realize now that we should have stayed there the entire time we were in Japan. Most of the traditional architecture and structures are preserved in this part of the town.