Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

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  • Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-754610013
  • Ticket Price: 400 JPY
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

Kinkaku-ji (aka Temple of Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple situated in the northern part of Kyoto. The top two floors of the temple are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the building the temple is housed in was the retirement villa of the shogun (military leader) Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. As per his will, the villa was converted into a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in the year 1408. Kinkaku-ji is an architecturally stunning and impressive structure which overlooks a pond. Having a turbulent history, the temple complex has burned down numerous times throughout history including twice during the Onin War. In the year 1950, the temple was set on fire by a fanatic monk! The present structure was rebuilt in 1955.

Kinkaku-ji Information

  • It is an active place of worship. Please maintain the tranquillity of the place.
  • Don’t forget to remove your footwear before entering the premises.
  • It is recommended to wear conservative clothing.

Kinkaku-ji Ticket Prices

  • Adults- ¥400, Students (upto junior high school)- ¥300.

How To reach Kinkaku-ji by Public Transport

  • Bus stop Hontsuji Dori
  • Bus stop Kagamiishi Dori

Restaurants Near Kinkaku-ji

  • Itadaki
  • Oshokujidokoro kinkaku

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Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto Reviews

  • We have come here on January and it was wonderful and not so much crowded as reported by other people. We had all the time to see and admire this beautiful temple and its big park nearby. You can't enter inside, but photos of the inner rooms are available. Take also a long one-way walk through the park and get a free chance to taste some of the greatest Japan sweets. There is also a post office if you want to send post cards.

  • Really beautiful grounds and the main attraction itself is stunning. It's worth it to take your time walking around the paths and marveling at the gardening work done here. Plenty of great photo opportunities if you take the time to find them. A great place to get a cheap souvenir is the Kyoto Post Office stand. They have really nice post cards! I'm sending them to family and friends but you could just as well buy one for yourself. Great way to save space if you're traveling light. Or you could even just save the pamphlet and ticket too!

  • Get there early (when it opens) and then take your time and walk around. The main attraction is simply breath taking, but there is so much more to see and enjoy. Also, if you want to take a interesting photo, try to get a photo when the reflection pond is either still, or has very few, minimal ripples. It's fun to mess with your friends and family by showing them the photo upside down and then telling them that what they thought was the actual structure was the reflection!

  • Beautiful gold temple on a serene lake, with a tranquil surrounding. What more could you ask for? Hopefully not much, because that’s about all there is. What it lacks in quantity, it totally possesses in quality. It’s cheap (about $4) and has some scenic photo ops. It is quite peaceful if you just feel like relaxing. But you see everything here in about 15 minutes.

  • Definitely worth a visit because it is truly stunning and one-of-a-kind, but not my favorite temple in Kyoto because it seemed to be a long wait and a lot of crowd for not a whole lot of building. However, I am giving 5 stars due to the truly unique sight and experience, and if you're in Kyoto you'll regret not making the stop. Try to get there in the morning to beat the crowd, and if you have the time explore the gardens as well.

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