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Kinkaku-ji Temple (The Golden Pavilion)

The image of the temple richly adorned in gold leaf reflects beautifully in the water of Kyokochi, the mirror pond.
 
It is perhaps the most widely-recognized image of Kyoto. Seen reflected in the adjoining "mirror pond" with its small islands of rock and pine, Kinkaku-ji Temple, "The Golden Pavilion," is a breathtaking must-see.
 
The building's first purpose was to serve the retiring Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1409) as a residence. The gold-leaf-adorned building was converted into a Zen temple shortly after his death. In an event that was later fictionalized by the renowned author Yukio Mishima, a 21-year-old monk burned Kinkaku-ji Temple down in 1950. The temple was rebuilt in 1955 and continues to function as a storehouse of sacred relics.
 
The temple's garden is also a scenic delight and contains in its grounds a charming teahouse.

Temples & Shrines

Kinkaku-ji Temple (The Golden Pavilion)

The image of the temple richly adorned in gold leaf reflects beautifully in the water of Kyokochi, the mirror pond.
 
It is perhaps the most widely-recognized image of Kyoto. Seen reflected in the adjoining "mirror pond" with its small islands of rock and pine, Kinkaku-ji Temple, "The Golden Pavilion," is a breathtaking must-see.
 
The building's first purpose was to serve the retiring Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1409) as a residence. The gold-leaf-adorned building was converted into a Zen temple shortly after his death. In an event that was later fictionalized by the renowned author Yukio Mishima, a 21-year-old monk burned Kinkaku-ji Temple down in 1950. The temple was rebuilt in 1955 and continues to function as a storehouse of sacred relics.
 
The temple's garden is also a scenic delight and contains in its grounds a charming teahouse.
Address
1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto City
Tel
+81-75-461-0013
Website
https://www.shokoku-ji.jp/en/kinkakuji/
Access: City Bus Stop Kinkakuji-mae / City Bus Stop Kingaku-ji-michi
 
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00
 
Closed: Open year round
 
Entrance fees: Adults (including High School students): 400 yen
Children (including Junior High, Elementary School students): 300 yen