Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

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Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, literally “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”), officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺, literally “Deer Garden Temple”), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Kyoto, attracting many visitors annually. It is designated as a National Special Historic Site, a National Special Landscape and is one of 17 locations making up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which are World Heritage Sites.


Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu’s former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous times throughout its history including twice during the Onin War, a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto; and once again more recently in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955.

Kinkakuji was built to echo the extravagant Kitayama culture that developed in the wealthy aristocratic circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu’s times. Each floor represents a different style of architecture.

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

Kinkakuji Access

Bus #101 or #205 from Kyoto station, #59 from the downtown Shijo Kawaramachi area. The Raku Buses #101 and #102 from Kyoto Station both stop at Kinkakuji. The nearest train station to Kinkakuji is Kitanohakubaicho, the starting point for the Kyofuku Line to Arashiyama.

Kinkakuji Temple
1 Kinkaku-ji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto.

Bicycle is a good way to visit Kinkakuji, Ryoanji and Ninnaji temples in western Kyoto.

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