Kinkaku-jiCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
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. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Kyoto itinerary 7 days.
- 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.
- Adults- ¥400, Students (upto junior high school)- ¥300.
- Bus stop Hontsuji Dori
- Bus stop Kagamiishi Dori
- Oshokujidokoro kinkaku
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95% of people who visit Kyoto include Kinkaku-ji in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
64.77% of people start their Kinkaku-ji visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Kinkaku-ji
91.48% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kinkaku-ji
This park is a pretty good place to visit. The temple itself and the surrounding water feature present an excellent view when conditions are right. The water produced a mirror like reflection on everything and can be a sight. However the garden sections are the star with gorgeous arrangements and plants. The entree fee is low at 400yen and not super busy. There are lots of random souvenir opportunities of you do so choose to partake.
Is it worth seeing? Yes. Will you spend a lot of time there? No. This is a very picturesque place and I have to say it's worth going to. It can get very crowded, however everyone is courteous enough to wait until you have taken your photo. This is one of those places you cannot take a bad photo of. You can spend 30 minutes or less here. So stop at a few more shrines on your way here or on your way back into the city. Admission is ¥400 to get in per adult and you can take a bus here from the city centre. If you've never taken a bus in Kyoto you go in through the back doors and pay in the front as you leave. You need exact change and it cost ¥230 per adult. There is a change machine at the front of the bus. They do not accept credit cards so don't let the machine eat your credit card. It doesn't take up much of your day and you're already in Kyoto so make sure to visit here!
The famous golden castle of Kyoto. You pay a small admission to visit one of the most iconic landmark in Kyoto. Apart from the beautiful golden castle. You will see a beautiful back garden with small water fall and tea house before you exit at the back. Tons of people especially Thai and Chinese. Still worth a visit if you never been here before.
I thought this place would be really busy with tourists but actually it was the most laid back temple that I visited in Kyoto. I visited at 11:30am. I was lucky as the weather was perfect. It’s really nice. Kind of the perfect Japanese temple really. Well worth the trip.
This place is absolutely beautiful and breath taking. It is a very popular tourist spot so make sure you are not there during peak viewing times as in mid afternoon or most weekends. I recommend making this the first stop if you are going to Kyoto on a day trip. They offer beautiful paintings and gold leaf tea right after you view the temple as well.