Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺)
Kinkakuji is a Zen Buddhist temple built by shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga in 1397 during Muromachi era which is considered to be the golden age of the Japanese garden design. As soon as you come across the pond, you will find the most beautiful architecture of its time where you would also realize the pine trees lending even more charm to the Golden pavilion that visionary reflecting to the pond. The atmosphere of the Zen world in Kinkakuji is indeed stunning although it may seem just a little bit difficult to reach the stage where one can be free of all thoughts and desires in such touristy atmosphere as there are masses of people around it. Nevertheless, the Golden Pavilion in the garden is simply a perfection of beauty which transcends description. It is no doubt one of the most valuable places to visit in Kyoto.
Address: 1 Kinkakuji-cho Kitaku Kyoto-shi Kyoto 603-8361, Japan
Open hour: Monday - Sunday, 9AM - 5PM
Fee: Adult 400 Yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 300 yen
Closest station and exits :
JR Kyoto Station Central Gate Exit
Bus : #205 or #101
Good day to visit:
・Total distance: 8.4 km, 35min
・Starting Point :
- JR Kyoto Station Central Gate Exit
・Steps to follow : 1 - 3
Let's start your way from "JR Kyoto Station Central Gate (中央口)". It's at 1F, Kyoto Tower side.
1. Once you step outside and turn back, you will be able to see the big "JR Kyoto Station" signboard.
Now facing this signboard, turn around and start walking.
2. You will find bus stations ahead.
Find B3 bus stop.
3. Take the bus #205 / B3 and it will take you to Kinkakuji Temple. Get off at Kinkakuji Michi.
You can also take the bus #101 / B2 and get off at Kinkakuji Michi.
Enjoy the best sightseeing spot in Kyoto!