After exploring Arashimaya Bamboo Forest and Ryoan-ji Temple, we headed to Kinkakuji Temple also known as Golden Pavilion. It’s a zen temple located in northern Kyoto and what’s amazing about it is the temple’s top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. It was formerly known as Rokuonji and used as a retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Kinkaku-ji is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is ¥400. If you are coming from Kyoto Station, you can take the bus numbers 101 or 205 to Kinkaku-ji Michi bus stop.
From the place where our mini bus was parked, we walked about 6 minutes to get to the entrance. The place is surrounded by beautiful maple trees and because it was autumn when we visited, the leaves were in different colors; red, orange, yellow and light green. I’ve seen in one travel show that there is a place in Japan (I can’t remember where) that makes Maple Leaf Tempura. Only the yellow leaves are used for the tempura.
Before reaching the entrance of the temple, we stopped by the giant bell. You will have to ring the bell as loud or as hard as you can with a big log of wood and then say a prayer or make a wish after. It was fun and my whole family tried it.
Beside the booth where you pay for your entrance fee, there is also an old structure that was closed. But of course, we won’t let it pass for a photo op, lol.
The Kinkakuji Temple is one of the places you shouldn’t miss when in Kyoto. The temple itself is so full of history and one can’t help but be amazed with its beauty.
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