📍 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Japan
In Kyoto, the vibe here is different than Tokyo. From a bustling city to a relatively quiet one, Kyoto has a back-in-the-days vibe. To me, Kyoto seemed like a village that has a lot of historic Japanese things to see, like shrines and temples.
The Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion is one of them. The Golden Pavilion oversees a large pond and it is very beautiful upon first sight. The Kinkaku-ji is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the 17 Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities).
The admission fee is ¥400. However, children from 7-15 years old or handicapped adults will have to pay only ¥300, and children younger than 7 years old gain free admission. The ticket is only valid on the same day.
The ticket replicates a talisman and is quite fragile since it is paper. But it is probably the most unique ticket I’ve ever gotten!
After walking slightly from the entrance, the Kinkaku-ji is shining with the sun. And it was really really crowded, with tons of tourists trying to get good shots/snaps from a certain angle. But its golden colour shines so brightly even from quite the distance away.
Kinkaku is derived from the gold leaf that the pavilion is covered in. The gold was an important addition to the pavilion because of its underlying meaning – to mitigate and purify any pollution or negative thoughts and feelings towards death.
It’s a one way out of the pavilion and because it was quite crowded, it was hectic but I made it out alive. I would strongly recommend visiting really early in the day or during an off-peak season!
On the way out, there are also a few interesting items like statues and there was a monument where people were trying to throw money into a certain spot – if you get it in, your wish would come true!
So a quite a number of people were tossing coins, like the ring tossing game you see at carnivals, hahah.
Viewing the temple was definitely a jaw-dropper and I will never forget it. The golden colour sparkled with the sun and together with the lake, it looks just like a page out of a story book.
I highly recommend you to go to Kinkaku-ji even though it is in the middle of nowhere and requires some effort via bus, but viewing the Kinkaku-ji and its elegance in person is like no other. It’s one of a kind, so do take a moment and soak it in while you’re there 🙂
Till next time, ♥
For more Kinkaku-ji – Japan Official Guide