Kinkaku-ji (Rokuon-ji)    Golden Pavilion Kyoto  金閣寺       MAP    

The official name is Rokuon-ji, a famousu temple that represents not only Kyoto but also Japan.
This temple was built by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408), the third shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate .

Another characteristic of Kinkakuji is that the architectural style differs on each floor.

Kinkaku in the setting sun. When you enter the precincts and see the Golden Pavilion, you will be amazed at the breathtaking beauty.

Another big attraction is the pond garden (Kyouko-chi pond) surrounding Kinkaku. It was created based on Buddhist paradise consept.

A hut to put a boat in. It seems that Kyouko-chi was originally created for viewing the garden on a boat.

Snow Golden Pavilion. The contrast between white and gold is very beautiful. There is almost no snow in Kyoto, so you are lucky to see this scenery.

Since Kinkakuji is a Zen Buddhist temple, Karesansui gardens (stone gardens) are also created.

There is also a small Karesansui garden around the Kinkaku.

A waterfall flowing from stone structures. The stone that receives water is called a carp fish stone and represents a carp climbing a waterfall.

Japanese traditional tea room "Sekka-tei", whose name means "the beautiful scene of evening sun".

Japanese traditional basin "Tsukubai"

Please refer to the official website for a detailed explanation of Kinkaku-ji Temple.

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