Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple, AKA Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is something you really have to see with your own eyes.  The beautiful temple on a lake is surrounded by a quiet, peaceful garden and a real must see in Kyoto.  Also a World Heritage site.

Budget travel tips

How to get there

From Kyoto station, take the No.101 or 205 bus to Kinkakuji-michi.

From other areas, take a bus to Kinkakuji-michi (large bus stop on bus maps) or Kinkakuji-mae (closer to the temple).


Opening time: 9 AM to 5 PM

Cost: Adults 400 yen, children 300 yen


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict