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Daigo-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan is beautiful in all four seasons

The Shingon Buddhist temple was built in 874.

Christopher Hooton
Thursday 24 September 2015 11:27 BST
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(Picture: Getty
(Picture: Getty (Getty)

A designated World Heritage Site and National Treasure of Japan, the Daigo-ji in Fushimi-ku is one of the world's most beautiful temples.

Founded in the Heian period in 874, it survived the Onin War in the 1400s, and played host to a hanami cherry blossom viewing party arranged by a famous Samurai in the following century.

Its five-storey pagoda has become a popular tourist attraction, enshrouded by green foliage in the summer, vivid red maple leaves in autumn and nestled among snow-flecked branches in winter.

Autumn

(Picture: Noppawat Charoensinphon/Getty) (Noppawat Charoensinphon/Getty)

Spring

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Summer

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