Kinkaku-ji Temple

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Kinkaku-ji Temple

Covered in gold leaf, this Buddhist temple can be discovered while walking through a beautiful, serene garden ablaze in amazing colours.

Kinkaku-ji—the ‘Golden Pavilion'—is a Buddhist temple containing relics of Buddha. This pavilion is part of an ensemble, including a garden, called the Rokuon-ji Temple. This place was originally a villa belonging to a shogun who, in the 14th century, wanted to make the purest earthly representation of Buddha in the world. The main house received the Go-Komatsu Emperor and members of the nobility. It saw its heyday when it was at the heart of the Kitamaya culture.

On the death of the Shogun, it was turned into a temple, and today the site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also discover the ‘Fudo-do' house of tea, but what makes the place so wonderful are the magnificent gardens and the lake surrounding the Golden Pavilion. This is probably one of the most beautiful and the most Zen places in the world. Note that this temple was burnt in 1950 and faithfully rebuilt exactly as it was. Since 1955, it has continued to dazzle with its incomparable harmony.

Kinkaku-ji
1 Kinkakujichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto
Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361

+81(0)7 5461 0013

www.kinkaku-j.or.jp