Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kyoto: Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion (Day 1) in Japan


Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a beautiful artistic gold temple and majestically built on the lake. Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple which is a must to visit this attraction site when you are traveling to Kyoto, Japan. It is really impressive to visit Kinkakuji temple which is fully covered with gold leaf and also a worth to go there for the picture although it is always crowded.

Kinkakuji is formally known as Rokuonji, a retirement villa of the shogun named Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. According to his will after his death in 1408, the retirement villa was transformed into a Zen temple with the classical Japanese garden setting based on Muromachi period. However, visitors aren't allowed to enter the temple. The ornaments and decoration in Kinkakuji temple are very detailed with traditional Japanese setting.

As you continue walking away from the popular Kinkakuji gold temple, the pathway will lead you to some stone statues where visitors toss coins at the statues for their luck. The walking path also leads you to Sekkatei Teahouse before you exit the temple area. You will also find a small temple hall called Fudo Hall which houses a an important Japanese statue of Fudo Myoo, one of the Five Wisdom Kings and a protector of Buddhism religion, as when you are heading back to the parking lot of Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion).  

How to get to Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)?
Subway Station : 
i) Take a direct Kyoto City bus (number 101 or 205) for 40 minutes ride from Kyoto Station     or

ii) Karasuma Subway Line: Get down at Kitaoji Station and then, take a bus (number 101, 102, 204 or 205) from there to Kinkakuji.
Opening Hours :  9am to 5pm daily
Entrance Fees  :  400 yen



Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in Kyoto, Japan
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in Kyoto, Japan

A close-up view of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is covered in gold leaf in Kyoto, Japan
A close-up view of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is covered in gold leaf in Kyoto, Japan

The side view of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is completedly covered in gold leaf in Kyoto, Japan
The side view of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is completedly covered in gold leaf in Kyoto, Japan

The side view of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan
The side view of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan

The other side view of Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with gold leaf in Kyoto, Japan
The other side view of Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with gold leaf in Kyoto, Japan

Visitors toss coins at statues to hope for luck at Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan
Visitors toss coins at statues to hope for luck at Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan

Fudo Hall is a small temple hall which houses a statue of Fudo Myoo, one of the Five Wisdom Kings and protector of Buddhism at Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Fudo Hall is a small temple hall which houses a statue of Fudo Myoo, one of the Five Wisdom Kings and protector of Buddhism at Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan


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