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Kinkakuji temple

Kinkakuji templeMap around KinkakujiKinkakuji is a Buddhist temple located at the northwest part of central Kyoto.
Kitano Tenmanguu shrine is located about 1.5 km south-southeast of this temple.

This temple is one of 17 constructions of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" designated as a World Heritage Site.
It is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto.

Originally, here was Saionji temple built in 1224.
But it had fallen into ruin.

In 1397, retired Yoshimitsu Ashikaga (1358-1408), the 3rd Shogun of Muromachi Govenment, got this site, and he built the gorgeous villa.

After his death, this villa was changed a Zen temple, and the name "Rokuonji" was given.

Kyoto, Kinkakuji temple

The original buildings were destroyed by civil war in 1466, and most of them were rebuilt each time.
But only the main building covered with golden leaves had remained.

In 1950, a young priest placed fire on the golden temple.
The valuable temple had burned down, and some important statues and art works in the temple had been reduced to ashes.

The temple had been repaired on a major scale in the late 19th century, and the detail drawings of the temple had made at the time, fortunately.
In 1955, the temple was restored in faithful accordance with the drawings.

The golden building is generally called "Kinkaku", but the formal name is "Shariden".
"Kinkaku" means "Golden Pavilion", of course, the name has been given as you can see.

It is the three-story building, and golden leaves are put on the outside of the second and third floors.
(The last repair of the golden leaves was in 1987.)
It stands near a beautiful Japanese garden.

Other buildings in this site are Daishoin (an office) and Sekkatei (a tea house).

The admission fee to this temple is 400 yen.

How to get to here

By route bus

  • From Kyoto station, about 34 minutes to Kinkakuji-michi stop, by bus with route No. 205.
    Then about 3 minutes there.
  • From Kita-oji station on subway, about 10 minutes to Kinkakuji-michi stop, by bus with route No. 204.
    Then about 3 minutes there.

Kinkaku Kinkaku
Main gate Sekkatei
A pine tree like a ship Anmintaku pond

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