Kinkakuji Temple

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Kinkakuji is widely known as the Golden Pavilion and is a three-story Zen Buddhist temple in northern Kyoto. Built during the 13th century, Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion) were originally meant to be aristocrat villas for the Ashikaga shoguns. Now, the building is also known by the name Rokuonji.



1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture (Directions)


9:00 - 17:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 9:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00
Thursday 9:00 - 17:00
Friday 9:00 - 17:00
Saturday 9:00 - 17:00
Sunday 9:00 - 17:00
Holidays 9:00 - 17:00



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  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


City Bus Stop Kinkakuji-mae / City Bus Stop Kingaku-ji-michi

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