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Kinkaku-ji temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion)

金閣寺(きんかくじ)
Area West
Category Temple / World Heritage

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When visiting Kyoto, the first place that often comes to mind is the Kinkaku-ji temple which is immensely popular not only among overseas visitors but Japanese as well. Listed as a word heritage site, its official name is Rokuon-ji temple. Covered in gold leaf, the glittering image creates a strong impact and is a sight to behold indeed. In spring, sakuras bloom; in summer it lies amidst rich foliage; in autumn it is surrounded by red maple leaves; and in winter it is covered in snow, making the gold look even more stunning. No matter what season it is, the view is simply awesome. This is one tourist attraction that first-time visitors to Kyoto must not miss and one that will remain firmly rooted to its top position.

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Entrance to Kinkaku-ji temple. This leads to the interior ground.

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The path continues till the So-mon gate(Main gate). The surrounding greenery makes you feel good, doesn't it?

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(L) So-mon gate of Kinkaku-ji temple. The path after this leads to the Kara-mon gate(Chinese-style gate).
(R) The Kara-mon gate can be seen in front. Turning left after the Kara-mon gate, the Kinkaku-ji temple comes into view after a short distance.

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The unfolding view is simply amazing. The reflection in the lake looks beautiful too.


*This article was created based on information available at the time of coverage. Please be aware that current conditions at these locations may differ from the contents of this article.


Recorded July 13, 2012.

Address Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 603-8361, Japan
京都府京都市北区金閣寺町1
Tel 075-461-0013
Open 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Admission 400 yen - Adult, High school student
300 yen - Junior high school student, Elementary school student
Access City Bus Stop Kinkakuji-mae
City Bus Stop Kingakuji-michi
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