Kinkakuji Temple or Golden Pavilion KYOTO JAPAN

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Walk with ChaMike in Japan | Kinkakuji Temple or Golden Pavilion 

Kinkakuji Temple or Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji Temple or Golden Pavilion is the most famous zen temple in Kyoto notable for its golden structure.

From Kyoto Station we rode a Kyoto City Bus 205 and for about 40 minutes we were at Kinakakuji-Michi bus stop which was just a few minutes walking distance to the entrance of the temple. 

Priests' living quarters

After paying Y400 (P175) entrance fee, we eagerly proceeded to the gate. The place was packed with tourists and we even saw a number of Filipinos making their way to the site.

Ticket? This was given to us after we paid for the entrance fee
Chinese style gate

Tourists are only allowed to witness the beauty of the temple from a distance which is across the pond. But the sight of the Golden Pavilion from afar didn't disappoint. Because of its golden color the temple stands out from its surrounding. It looks stunning! My pictures didn't do it justice at all!

Shiny Shimmering Pavilion

Kinakakuji Temple or Golden Pavilion is a Zen Buddhist hall containing relics of Buddha or what they call shariden (Buddha's ashes). It is registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1994.  

a closer look

Because the temple is overlooking a large pond and surrounded by trees the shiny gold image of the pavilion and the trees around it are reflected on the water which makes the image looks more amazing.

Amazing reflection on the pond

A Pinoy offered to take our picture and in return he asked us to take a photo of him

Kinkakuji Temple or Golden Pavilion is a three-story building, the top two stories of the pavilion is covered with pure gold leaf. Each level incorporates three distinct style of architechture- shinden, samurai and zen.

Golden Pavilion's back area

top two stories covered in gold leaf

The garden design is a perfect example of Muromachi Period garden design.

Muromachi Period garden design

After getting as many pictures as we can, we walked our way toward the exit and saw some interesting sites along the way.

Sekkatei Tea House was built during the Edo Period. It offers a beautiful view of the Kinkakuji Temple during sunset.

Sekkatei Tea House

Visitor's Tea House is a place that serves matcha whipped green tea and sweets. 

Visitor's Tea House

Fudo Hall is a temple with a stone statue of Fudo Myoo, a god of wisdom and protector of Buddhism.  

Fudo Hall

It has an incense altar in front which is believed to bestow good health by wafting the incense fumes to the body.

Incense which is believed to bestow good health

Visitors also offer prayer candles for Y50 (P22). Each candle has a specific purpose.

prayer candle for Y50 (P22)

When I saw these particular set of candles, I teased Mike on the idea of offering one and I got no reaction from him- hahaha!

Got marriage?

The best time to visit Kinkakuji is during morning where there are only few tourists. Nevertheless the view of the Golden Pavilion is undoubtedly stunning at anytime of the day.

Opening: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
                No closing day

Fee:        Y400 (P175)

How to get here: From Kyoto Station ride a Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 230 yen

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