If you have a chance to visit Kyoto, this is one of the temple that you don't want to miss; it is so-called the Kinkakuji temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion). It was originally built in 1397, by the order of the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (during the era of the Muromachi period(1333-1573)), as his cottage. (Today's temple was rebuilt in 1955.) He ordered to cover the temple with thin pure gold foil, to indicate his power and wealth.
According to David and Michiko Young, authors of The Art of Japanese Architecture, The Muromachi period was the Golden Age of Zen-inspired culture, and the Kinkakuji temple represents one of the best examples of Muromachi architecture.