Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion Kyoto 鹿苑寺 (金閣寺)

  • Published on : 10/03/2020
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Places to Visit in Japan: Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto's Golden Gem

In the shadow of Kyoto's northwestern hills, sits a jewel of the ancient capital: Rokuon-ji temple, better known as Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion. Discover this beautiful building and its secrets.

The Magic of Kinkaku-ji

Well hidden at the foot of the mountains of Kyoto, this famous Buddhist temple welcomes some of the largest numbers of visitors per year.

Get your sunglasses ready, this is one dazzling temple! At the door of the temple, an entry ticket, a slip of Japanese calligraphy, well worth its price, allows you entry to an immersive and poetic experience. 

A tree-lined road leads you to the pond, in the middle of which stands Kinkakuji, showing off its golden exterior. Despite its small size, the majesty of the building is undeniable. Perched on this three-storey building is a phoenix, which dazzles the people coming to admire the monument.

 

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The Gardens of Kinkaku-ji

Then you are greeted with a garden that immerses you in the heart of a miniaturization of the Amida Buddha's paradise. The path leads you to foothills of the mountains, the top of the golden pavilion flashing in and out of sight, so you won't know where to look. 

Ponds, thickets of dense forests, moss gardens ... The landscapes are numerous in this garden which goes up and down. If you're feeling flush, go ahead and throw a few coins at the feet of the Buddhist effigies for good luck. 

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Etang du jardin du Kinkaku-ji

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Le toit du pavillon vu depuis les hauteurs

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Effigies bouddhiques et leurs nombreuses pièces

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