Kinkakuji Kyoto, Japan - Top Travel Destination

Kinkakuji

金閣寺

City: Kyoto

Station:

Car/Bus only

Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Phone: 075-461-0013

Website: http://www.shokoku-ji.jp/k_about.html

 

Kinkakuji is known as the “Golden Pavilion”, constructed in the 1390’s as Ashikaga Yoshimitsu’s (Shogun) Villa. It incorporates three stories all coated in gold leaf with a bronze Phoenix on the rooftop.

Kinkakuji twinkles against a clear blue sky due to its reflection from the calm pond surrounding the structure. The Golden Pavilion is also famous for appearing in the novel written by Mishima Yukio, in which the story discusses the burning incident of Kinkakuji in 1950.

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