Kyoto Guide: Kinkakuji & Kyomizudera Temple

History
This golden beauty was originally built as a retirement home (not bad huh) for the shogun Yoshimitsu, it then became a Zen temple after he died in 1408.

Kinkakuji is one of the most famous temples in Japan, and a definite must-see.  It is incredible.

The golden pavilion survived hundreds and hundreds of years, and then in 1950 it was burnt down by a young monk (I wonder what happened to that guy?).  It was rebuilt however, to be very close to the original, in 1955.

How to get here?
Catch the 101 or 205 bus and get off at the stop ‘Kinkaku-ji’.
From Tokyo Station it will take about 40 minutes and cost about 220 Yen (about $2).

Price & Times
Admission for Kinkakuji Temple is 400 Yen.
Admission for Kyomizudera Temple is 400 yen.
Both are open daily from 9am to 5pm

WORTH IT?
Yes. Kyomizudera is one of my favorite temples to visit.  They are both very beautiful pieces of Japanese history and well worth a visit.

 

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