The Golden Temple: Kinkaku-ji

by Yuri

Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the historical capital of the Kansai region, Kyoto. It is a Zen Buddhist temple with excellent manmade architecture and garden design from way back the Muromachi period. With its golden exterior that reflects in the tranquil pond surrounding it, local and foreign tourists alike find it a spectacular view.

The temple is literally covered in gold leaf, hence the name, "Golden Pavilion". Although the historical temple was burnt in 1950 and was restructured to its glamor 5 years later.

Kinkaku-ji is a lovely place to visit and take pictures of. Although some people think of it as overrated because there is not much to do when you cannot enter the temple itself and only see sights from the outside. Entrance fees to the garden complex also apply.


The Golden Temple: Kinkaku-jiPhoto from



1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto City



Open Hours:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Open all year round


Entrance fees:

Adults (including High School students): 400 yen

Children (including Junior High, Elementary School students): 300 yen



07 Sep 2014

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