About Kinkaku-ji

Known officially as Rokuon-ji, Kinkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple that exemplifies the Kitayama culture. The three floors of the temple are built in different architectural styles, which are shinden, zen, and samurai. The first floor is built in the shinden style and hosts statues of the Sakya Buddha and Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The second floor is a model of the Bukke style buildings used in Samurai residences, embodied by gold leaves with the Kanon Bodhisattva (Avalokiteshvara) are the center, surrounded by the four heavenly kings. The third floor is built in the form of a Chinese zen hall, encompassed by the golden phoenix at the tip. The gardens are exquisite and lead to Sekkatei tea house added to Kinkakuji during the Edo era. The exit leads to Fudo hall, which is a small hall of the temple housing Fudo Myoo, one of the five wisdom kings and protectors of Buddhism.  

Must See

  • Golden leaf surrounding the architecture
  • The beautiful gardens, Sekkatei tea house,
  • Souvenir shops, small tea garden, statues of Buddha and Yoshimitsu,

How to reach

By Metro:  Take the Karasuma line from JR Kyoto Station to Kitaoji station, walk 2 minutes from Kitaoji station to Kitaoji terminal for buses. 

By Bus: Bus no.102, 101, 204, 205, Bus fare 230 Yen for adults and 130 Yen for children

Metro fare: 260 Yen for adults and 130 Yen for children


  • Stay hydrated as you'll be walking a lot.  
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking as it is a religious place.
  • Greet everyone with a smile.
  • Wear respectful clothing as it is a temple. 
  • Maintain silence and discipline inside the premises 

Visit Time

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5 :00 p.m.

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Entrance Fee


Adults: 400 Yen

Students: 300 Yen

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours


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