KINKAKU-JI TEMPLE (THE GOLDEN PAVILION) | KYOTO MAR 2017

Kinkaku-ji Temple (金閣寺), also known as The Golden Pavilion, is the most iconic sight in Kyoto where its golden pavilion reflected shimmering across the surface of the pond.

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The Map

Here’s the entrance before going in.

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After walking the long pathway from the main gate, there’s a ticket booth.

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It cost ¥400 (SGD$5.00) for adult and ¥300 (SGD$3.76) for children to access into Kinkaku-ji Temple. They only accept cash.

Follow the sign.

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The top two floors of Kinkaku-ji temple are completely covered in gold leaf. Its structure was built impressively that overlooked a large pond.

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Did you find this familiar?

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Did you watch “Ikkyū-san” (一休さん) when you were a kid?

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Each floor gives a unique style of architecture. But sadly, we can’t go inside the temple.

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The first floor was built in the Shinden style that used for palace buildings with its natural pillars and white plaster walls which contrast the gilded upper stories of the pavilion.

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The second floor was built in the Bukke style that used in samurai residences with its exterior completely covered in gold leaf.

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The third floor was built in the Chinese Zen Hall style which gilded inside and outside that capped with a golden phoenix.

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Other than the popular Kinkaku-ji temple, we had also passed by the head priest’s former living quarters which are well-known for their painted sliding doors but sadly, they are not open to the public.

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The temple’s gardens hold a few different spots of interest including Anmintaku pond that is said to be never dried up.

Continuing through the garden, it comes to the street of few shops for food and souvenirs alongside with the Sekkatei Teahouse, right before the exit of the temple area.

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Outside the exit are the souvenir shops, a small tea garden and Fudo Hall.

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Fudo hall is a small temple hall which houses a statue of Fudo Myoo, who is one of the Five Wisdom Kings and protector of Buddhism.

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Approaching back to the main gate, there’s a small shop that sell snacks and ice cream.

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We bought ourselves black sesame ice cream and freeze cola.

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Black Sesame Soft Cream
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Freeze Cola

You can even buy drinks and food from their vending machines.

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♥INFORMATION♥

WHEN

  • Date of Visiting: 13 Mar 17
  • Opening Hours: 9:00am – 17:00pm
  • Duration Spent: 1.5 hrs

ADMISSION

  • Adult: ¥400 (SGD$5.00)
  • Children: ¥300 (SGD$3.76)

WHERE

  • English Address: 1 Kinkaku-ji-cho, Kita-ku
  • Japanese Address: 北区金閣寺町1

ACCESS

  • Nearest Train Station: Emmachi Station (JR line)
  • Transport fees: ¥190 (SGD$2.38)
  • Use Kyoto Station as a starting point for guidance.

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  1. From Kyoto Station.
  2. Go to JR San-In line.
  3. Go to platform 31-33.
  4. Take the local train (not served by rapid train) which stated outside the train.
  5. Alight at JR Emmachi Station (3rd station from Kyoto Station).kinkakuji-3
  6. 37 mins walk to Kinkaku-ji Temple from Emmachi Station (JR line).

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To know more about the overview of this Japan trip, you can check out our main post “OHAIYO JAPAN MAR 2017: Kyoto – Osaka – Nara (9D8N)”.

Ultimately, you can also check out the whole itinerary of our Kyoto post “{JAPAN} Kyoto Mar 2017 (5D)”.

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