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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.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kinkakujichou 1 (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

phone 0754610013

[Opening hours for worship]9:00-17:00

Review of Kinkakuji Temple

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Reviewed:2020/04/01 Stunning beautiful!
The temple of the golden pavilion is one of the most popular temple in Japan. Not only the Golden Pavilion, but also the Japanese Garden around the temple are stunning beautiful too.
Its highly...
Reviewed:2020/03/30 Brilliant Temple
Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, literally translated Temple of the Golden Pavilion due to it’s brilliant appearance.), officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺), is a Zen Buddhist temple.

The ambiance in the garden...
Reviewed:2020/03/28 Very pretty and different than other temples
After seeing multiple temples, I would recommend adding this one to your list, as it is unique in color than the others. It is very pretty, especially from afar (the closer you get, it looks more...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kinkakujichou 1 [map]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
[Opening hours for worship]9:00-17:00
open everyday
[Worship fee Friday]
[Adults (High School Students and above)] 400yen
[Small/Junior High School Students] 300yen
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          Kyoto Areas


          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.