KINKAKUJI

Kinkakuji Kyoto Japan is a World Heritage listed Japanese temple covered in gold left and surround by beautiful gardens. Kinkakuji is also known as the Golden Pavilion.

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a popular name for one of the main buildings of this temple, which is properly called Rokuon-ji Temple. In the 1220's it was the comfortable villa of Kintsune Saionji.

Kinkakuji
Kinkakuji

Yoshimitsu, the 3rd Shogun of Ashikaga, abdicated the throne in 1394. After three years, he began to build Kitayamaden and he made a special effort to make it a breath-taking site. He indulged in his peaceful life in this serene setting. After Yoshimitsu's death, Kitayamaden was made into a Zen temple in accordance with his will. All the buildings of those days came to ruin except Kinkaku. The garden, however, remains as it was in former days and can be enjoyed as it was hundreds of years ago. Rokuon-ji Temple was inscribed as World Cultural Heritage in 1994.

Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion - Building:

Kinkaku was formally called Shariden. The elegant, harmonious building consists of three types of architecture. The 1st floor is Shinden-zukuri, the palace style. It is named Ho-sui-in. The 2nd floor is Buke-zukuri, the style of the samurai house and is called Cho-on-do. The 3rd floor is Karayo style or Zen temple style. It is called Kukkyo-cho.

Both the 2nd and 3rd floors are covered with gold-leaf on Japanese lacquer. The roof, upon which the Chinese phoenix settles, is thatched with shingles.

Recently, the coating of Japanese lacquer was found a little decayed and a new coating as well as gilding with gold-leaf, much thicker than the original ones, was given to the building and was completed in 1987. Furthermore, the beautiful painting on the ceiling and the statue of Yoshimitsu were restored, with utmost care, to their original splendour. Points of interest: The name of the pond is Kyoko-chi (Mirror pond). The pond contains many large and small islands. Climbing a few steps, you stand at the edge of another small pond, An-min-taku. The small stone pagoda on the island is called Hakuja-no-tsuka (the mound in memory of the white snake).

The classic tea house is called Sekka-tei. In Sekka-tei there is a celebrated pillar made of a nandin. The house was restored in 1997. On the way to the exit of the temple, you will find the small Fudodo shrine where the stone Fudo-myoc (Acara) is enshrined as a guardian.

Open daily 9am-5pm, admission ¥500. Nearest bus stop: Kinkakuji-michi or Kinkakuji-mae.

Golden Pavilion Tours

Organised guided tours are available in English to the Golden Pavilion. These are available as half day tours including Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle, or day tours including Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo.

Golden Pavilion Tour Options
Kyoto Day Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple
Kyoto and Nara Day Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Todaiji
Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion - Pictures

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Japanese Tea House - Kinkakuji Temple

Japanese Tea House - Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Garden lake - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Garden lake - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Statues - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Statues - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Water fall - Kinkakuji Temple

Water fall - Kinkakuji Temple
Water feature in garden of Kinkakuji Temple

Water feature in garden of Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Bridge in garden - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Bridge in garden - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Moss garden - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Moss garden - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Island in temple lake - Kinkakuji Temple

Island in temple lake - Kinkakuji Temple
Lake in garden - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Lake in garden - Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Temple bell - Kinkakuji Temple

Temple bell - Kinkakuji Temple
Temple bell - Kinkakuji Temple

Temple bell - Kinkakuji Temple


 
Golden Pavilion Japan

Golden Pavilion Japan
Moss garden - Kinkakuji Temple

Moss garden - Kinkakuji Temple
Japanese Garden Lake - Kinkakuji Temple

Japanese Garden Lake - Kinkakuji Temple
Garden lake - Kinkakuji Temple

Garden lake - Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Japanese Garden Lake - Kinkakuji Temple

Japanese Garden Lake - Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Japanese Garden - Kinkakuji Temple

Japanese Garden - Kinkakuji Temple
Moss Garden - Kinkakuji Temple

Moss Garden - Kinkakuji Temple
     
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