Dressed in all-white kurta pyjama, sleeveless jacket and white sandals, apparently to send out a message of solemnness of the occasion, he spent some time with the 83-year-old headpriest Yasu Nagamori of Kinkaku-ji temple, spokesman for the External Affairs Ministry, Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

The Prime Minister enquired about the history of thisancient temple and spent some relaxed, light moments, mingling with the tourists, visitors and members of Indian expatriatecommunity in Japan, who welcomed the Prime Minister by waving Tricolour and clicked pictures with him.

Earlier in the day, Modi also visited the eight century Toji temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, accompanied by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

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