Kinkakuji Temple

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Kinkakuji is a World Heritage site. It is located in Kyoto. The forerunner of present-day Kinkakuji was handed over to shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and became his villa in 1397. The famous "Golden Pavilion" is a three story building with a pyramid-shaped roof. It features a mythological phoenix, which is considered an auspicious bird, on top of it. The brilliant gold leaf covering the surfaces of the lacquered two top stories, which were done by traditional Kyoto craftsmen, represent the holy land "Jodo" taught in Buddhism. The original Kinkakuji was destroyed by arson in 1950, but was rebuilt in 1955.


Average Cost: 0 - 1,000 JPY
Hours of Operation:

No closing days

9:00 - 17:00 everyday


Listing Type: Activities - Sightseeing

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Location Information:

City: Kyoto
Prefecture: Kyoto
Country: Japan


User Comments:


Kinkakuji is a beautiful place with a great landscape. It is ideal to take pictures and make wishes while you are there.

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