2. View the sights of Kyoto
  3. Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji)

Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji)


Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) is registered as a World Cultural Heritage. It is originally built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1224, but there were three times of reconstruction. The latest rebuilding was in 1955, and 20kg of golden leaves were put on the roof of pavilion. However, everyone can see that there are no golden leaves on the 1st floor. Thanks to that, it looks like as if the Golden Pavilion is floating in the air when you look at the reflection on the pond. You can enjoy Golden Pavilion from many angles, for example, you can enjoy the sunset reflecting the Golden Pavilion from the tea house Sekkatei. The garden is also famous. As you walk through the promenade-style garden, you can enjoy the views of the pavilion and Kyoko Pond, or “mirror lake pond” from different angles.