A special Japanese Temple

Kinkaku-ji is one of Kyoto’s leading temples. It's formal name is Rokuon-ji and was built at the end of the 14th century originally as a villa for Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the shogun at the time.

The temple has been burnt down many times in the flames of war and more recently by arson. However, it was restored in 1955 with major improvement work being done in 1987 and all the gold leaf being replaced. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, Kinkaku-ji is one of the historical buildings most representative of Japan. A smaller verson of the Golden Temple was built in the 1990s within a private walled garden below Donnington Castle, on the Donnington Grove estate. The Temple is enjoyed as a tranquil place to meditate, just like the Japanese original and is popular for wedding photographs, private parties and celebrations. It will be Licensed for ceremonies in 2017.

Open Studios 2017 OPENING TIMES OF THE EXHIBITIO N Sat 29 April - Tuesday 30 May

The Japanese Garden will be transformed into a magnificent Sculpture Exhibition comprising of work by 14 artists of the Open Studios including Johannes von Stumm, Diccon Dadey and Paul Harvey.

It would be a special opportunity to see such a variety of sculptural forms in such a stunning setting.

VIP tour 5 May 2017, please email gm@donnington-grove.com to register. Donnington Grove Hotel is a charming gothic style mansion built in 1766 by British historian James Petit Andrews.

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