Kinkaku Temple

Kinkaku Temple: The world cultural heritage featuring a shining golden pavilion and a pond-centered garden.

Kinkaku Temple ( Kinkaku-ji) is one of Kyoto’s leading temples. First, it was built at the end of the 14th century to workship Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the shogun. Then, after Yoshimitsu’s death, as indicated in his will, the building was converted into a temple and is famous for the practice of zen ( meditation )


Winter Kinkaku Temple

Today this temple is the symbol of Kyoto and it is also the most visit spot when you are in Kyoto.  Kinkaku Temple is also recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, one of the historical buildings most representative of Japan. The reflection of the golden pavilion on the water is also amazing.

During the exit, you can also enjoy some souvenir shops, a small tea garden and some unusual shapes of rock and stones.

Temple Map

Inside Kinkaku-ji

Note* Visitors are not allowed into the temple.


1. Take a Kyoto City Bus ( Number 101 or 205 ) directly from Kyoto Station (about 40 minutes and for 230 yen).

2. Otherwise, take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station (15 minutes, 260 yen) and get at Taxi or bus.
– Taxi (10 minutes, 1000-1200 yen)
– Bus (10 minutes, 230 yen, bus numbers 101, 102, 204 or 205) to Kinkakuji.

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission fees: 400 yen


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