I might as well start as I mean to go on.
I went to Kyoto for the weekend mainly as an excuse to meet up with other Irish people and have a good time. That we did, in the sense that people associate with the Irish, but we also managed to see a few cultural sites such as Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion.
Originally built in 1397 as a retirement villa for a shogun then converted into a temple. It was burnt down in 1950 by a troubled Buddhist monk and reconstructed in 1955 with the gold-foil covering extending to the lower floors. (Lonely Planet)
We also visited Ryoan-ji which is famous for its Zen gardens. Contemplation can be exhausting though.