Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺)

Monday, 12 February 2018

Unlike it's "silver" sibling, the Golden Pavilion or Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺) is literally covered in gold and is notably one of the representative historical landmarks of Kyoto. But as beautiful as the temple is, Kinkakuji is located in the northern part of the city and is therefore, the most inconvenient place for us to visit (in comparison to other tourist attractions). It took us about 40 minutes by bus, which was the most direct mode of transportation for us to the temple.

Admission into Kinkakuji costs ¥400, and like to the entry ticket to Ginkakuji Temple (銀閣寺), the ticket is also doubles as a good luck charm. It was raining that morning when we visited, but that didn't stop a crowd visiting the impressive golden structure. In fact, the atmosphere of the temple felt even more tranquil because of the wet weather.

Because of the distance, Kinkakuji was our last stop in Kyoto before we checked out of our Airbnb and headed up to Otsu (大津) for the night. Plus, the pavilion was really the only main building in the temple so we managed to complete loop around the pavilion, pond and garden in under an hour.

Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺)
1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto 603-8361
603-8361 京都市 北区 金閣寺町1


  1. I also happen to get the ticket/lucky charm so you know the meaning of those japanese japanese characters on it? Can you translate it?

    1. Hi Pabs, the words on the ticket is roughly translated to "inviting good luck and fortune", and the "home is safe and peaceful".


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