Kinkaku-ji Temple

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Japanese script: 金閣寺
Area: Kyoto
Address: 1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto [map]
Phone: +81 75-461-0013 +81 75-461-0013
Access: 1.2 km from Ryōanji Station Kitano Line (B7)
1.3 km from Kitano-Hakubaichō Station Kitano Line (B9)
1.4 km from Tōjiin Station Kitano Line (B8)
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults: ¥400
Children: ¥300

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.