Shariden(Reliquary) and Kyōko-chi (Mirror Pond) of Kinkaku-ji
  • Shariden(Reliquary) and Kyōko-chi (Mirror Pond) of Kinkaku-ji
  • Kinkaku-ji in Summer
  • Shariden(Reliquary) and Kyōko-chi (Mirror Pond) of Kinkaku-ji in Summer
  • Kinkaku-ji
  • Shariden(Reliquary) of Kinkaku-ji
  • Kinkaku-ji in Winter


Although officially named as Rokuon-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji is widely and more popularly known as Kinkaku-ji (literally meaning "Temple of the Golden Pavilion") for its golden color due to the gold-leaf coating all over its structure. It is under the Rinzai school called Shōkoku-ji. Kinkaku-ji is undoubtedly one of Japan's most popular buildings, drawing in visitors from all over the world no matter what season, although it is a particularly famous spot for viewing red leaves during autumn. It has been registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site as well as one of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" in 1994. 



Kyoto Station
About 9 minutes
Emmachi Station
About 9 minutes
Kinkaku-ji Street
About 3 minutes
Business hours and holidays: 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Adult (high school and above): \400

Child (junior high school and below): \300    

Parking information (fee and availability): 

Parking available


Kinkaku-ji homepage (Japanese only)

Photo courtesy: KYOTOdesign



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