Kinkakuji Temple: Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion

Kyoto Kinkakuji Temple: The Symbol of Japanese History

The most fascinating landmark of Japan! Visit the golden temple in Kyoto “Kinkakuji Temple” to witness the history and beauty of Japan.

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Kinkakuji (金閣寺) a.k.a. “Temple of the Golden Pavilion” is a must-visit landmark in Kyoto. The Zen Buddhist temple was built in 1397, originally as the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. After his death, the villa was converted to the Zen temple as it is now.

The official name of Kinkakuji is Rokuonji (鹿苑寺). It is one of the most popular tourist sites and iconic buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors from all over the world. The temple is one of 17 locations of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which are designated to World Heritage Sites. In each season, the temple displays astonishing scenery collaborating with the beautiful nature of Kyoto.

If you are interested into the deep culture and history of Kyoto and wish to know the background of some of Kyoto’s most important historic monuments such as Kinkakuji Temple, “Kyoto UNESCO Historical Walking Tour” by Magical Trip is a highly recommended tour to join!

The tour includes visits to Kyoto’s three magnificent “UNESCO World Heritage sites” temples: Ninnanji, Ryoanji and Kinkakuji with an expert guide who can share the deep knowledge about the history of Kyoto and Japanese emperors, and the spirit of Zen through Shakyo (sutra copying) session.

For more information about the tour and available dates, please check out the attached link below!

-Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺)


Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ward, Kyoto

Nearest Station: 30 minutes by bus from Kyoto station (№101,205)

Hours: 09:00 to 17:00

Fee: 400 yen

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