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|Address:||1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto [map]|
1.2 km from Ryōanji Station
1.3 km from Kitano-Hakubaichō Station
1.4 km from Tōjiin Station
|Hours:||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
Literally the ‘temple of the golden pavilion’, this stunning gold covered building is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Japan and is a popular Kyoto symbol.
Kinkakuji dates from 1397 when a shogun bought the villa from the previous owners and converted it to the complex you see today.
In 1950, the pavillion was destroyed by fire when a novice monk set it ablaze and then tried to commit suicide. Although the monk survived, his mother threw herself in front of a train in shame.
For admission, children from High School age up are considered as adults.