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Kinkaku-ji - Golden Pavilion, Kyoto: 85 reviews and 184 photos

  The Most Photographed Golden Pavilion
by bkoon

It was raining during my trip to Kinkajuji and the place was packed with tourists. The Kinkajuji, or the Golden Pavilion is gold in colour as the wooden structure was coloured by gold leaves. It has 3 levels and visitors can only see the temple from the outside and not allowed to go in (similar to Ginkajuji, the Silver Pavilion). Level 1 is built as a normal Buddhist Temple, Level 2 is of the Samurai Style and Level 3, the Zen Style. Strolling slowly around the compound would be a good idea (not really possible if there are hordes of tourists around).

What you must do over there is to get into the tea house (situated near the exit) and taste the nice tea on the cooling tatami mats, whilst at the same time, viewing out into the greenery.

Extracted from web-link:
Affiliated with the Shokokuji school of the Rinzai sect. Built in 1397 as a country villa for Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408: 3rd shogun of the Muromachi period). His son had the villa converted into a temple named Rokuon-ji. A three-storied structure with a four-sided roof meeting at a point the Golden Pavilion was destroyed through arson in 1950 and rebuilt in 1955. The pond garden also laid out in 1397 is a Special Historic Site and Place of Special Scenic Beauty. Sekkatei the Teahouse is celebrated especially for the nandina-wood pillar supporting the alcove. Nandina grows very slowly so a pillar of this circumference came from a venerable tree. In December 1994 the temple was registered as part of the World Cultural Heritage.

Entrance Fee : 400 Yen

The tea (foamy green tea and a Japanese sweet) cost 500 Yen.

Address: Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) (kinkakuji temp
Directions: City Bus: Kinkakujimichi and Kinkakujimae -walk 2 min. Direct bus number 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station.
Phone: 075-461-0013

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 23, 2004
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