Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

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Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan

Phone: +81-754610013

Ticket Price: 400 JPY

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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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  • A unique temple which is stunning, surrounded by a tranquil pond. There are a few other places along the short trail worthy of pictures and looking at. Inexpensive and a short stop, if you are hoping to explore more nearby. The whole trail, while stopping for pictures, can be completed in 30-60 minutes. The trail ends with small shops selling souvenirs and refreshments. Expect a large crowd with many tour groups but little time will be spent waiting.. I've visited twice and enjoyed it. Both times, I was captivated by the golden temple on the lake. Recommend visiting if you are traveling to Kyoto.

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  • I came to this place one afternoon this fall. The temple is really beautiful especially under the sunset. The wall of the temple sparkled so brightly that I could not leave. I will definitely come back here again

  • Following my Japanese friend it is probably the most famous monument to visit in Japan. It is just wonderful. The best period to visit is around November to see the red colour of the tree leaves. However, you will have to survive to a crowded place full of tourist. Price of the entrance was 600 yens.

  • Not Golden enough! Our guide said that in Japan all temples are Buddhist and all shrines are Shinto. He also said that Shrines are free while temples carry a fee. Well, this is a Buddhist Temple and there was a fee. If you are wheelchair bound then the pebble paths make this a difficult place to navigate and the stairs at the end are not possible. It feels like the joys of enlightenment are only for the able bodied but I assure that they are not! I wish there were more explanations given in English to the foreign traveller at the site. Yes, It is breathtaking to see a Golden temple placed at the edge of a small lake. Yes, the landscape with the delicate covering of moss with sculptured trees, banzai and pebbles is peaceful and extraordinary. However if someone is not aligned to the forces of nature then one must struggle to make sense of the reasons behind Zen and the temple. I implore the site management that this is an opportunity to share the values of Japan and Zen that the wider world needs right now. The visitor will enjoy this walk through the gardens and provided they are not too distracted by the throngs of tourist will walk away with a sense of peace. Pay close attention to the islands in the small lake with the magnificent displays of trees. Even with all the other tourist milling around this will take you to a sense of peace. I only managed to visit a few temples on my visit to Kyoto but this was one that allowed you to really feel some peace. Maybe the best reason for visiting this site and not for the "bling".

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  • Went here since it's considered as one of the famous landmarks of Kyoto. Tranquil and picturesque. It's not as elaborate as other temples in Asia but definitely has its own distinction. Note that this is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.

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