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Temple

Rokuon-ji Temple (Kinkaku-ji Temple)

鹿苑寺(金閣寺)

This temple began when third generation shogun of the Muromachi shogunate Ashikaga Yoshimitsu inherited the Saionji family's mountain villa and called the villa “Kitayamadono.” After his death it was changed into a Zen temple named “Rokuonji.” The reliquary hall is a three-story building shining beautifully in gold and looks pretty reflected in the Kyokoike (mirror pond). This brilliant architecture was a symbol of Kitayama culture but burned down in a 1950 fire, then was rebuilt in 1955. In 1994 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

LOCATION
Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kinkakujichou 1
PHONE
0754610013
Hours
[Opening hours for worship]9:00-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Friday] Adults (High School Students and above) 400yen, Elementary/Junior High School Students 300yen
Parking Lot
Available(250spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Updated at: May 21, 2020 Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN

Reviews

  • Reviewed
    2020-01-02
    Christmas Delight (don’t be dissuaded by reviewers)

    We arrived around 4p on Christmas Day with no lines or crowds. The Golden Temple was stunning and its reflected image on the water along with the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. Whatever... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-12
  • Reviewed
    2020-01-01
    Famous for its gold temple

    Visited on New Years Day which turns out to be a very busy day! Entry was around Y1900 for our family. Seeing the Golden Temple was unforgettable along with the competition among the tourists to... more

    Date of visit:
    2020-01
  • Reviewed
    2019-12-31
    AN ALL EXPERIENCE IN ONE PLACE

    This is the most important point of Kyoto, it is all in one, ceremonial center, Japanese garden and historical point. From the moment one enters, one becomes aware that this is not anywhere, the... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-12
  • Reviewed
    2019-12-31
    Gorgeous

    Very crowded but worth the effort. Peaceful and serene. Make sure to walk around the path to see the pavilion from different angles. The light on the pavilion and water reflections are stunning. more

    Date of visit:
    2019-12
  • Reviewed
    2019-12-31
    Kinkakuji (Gold Pavilion) Kyoto, Japan

    Kinkakuji is a must see in Kyoto. Need to go in the morning as it gets crowded later in the day. Also, there are souvenirs that you can only get there. The gardens are beautiful and give you a very... more

    Date of visit:
    2019-07
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