- Autumn leaves at Kinkakuji temple 2018
- What is the best time to visit Kinkakuji to see autumn leaves?
- Illumination in Kinkakuji temple
- It’s tough, being a visitor of Kinakuji temple in autumn 金閣寺はつらいよ
- The recommended place near Kinkakuji temple
- What is Kinkakuji temple?
- About Kinkakuji temple
- How to get to Kinkakuji temple?
Autumn leaves at Kinkakuji temple 2018
We have three spots to enjoy autumn leaves in Kinkakuji temple; With Shariden (the golden pavilion), “Turning around Kinkaku,” and the approach to Shariden.
With Shariden 舎利殿
Kinkakuji, always referred “the golden pavilion,” is also called Shariden. Shariden means a place stores the ashes of Buddha. We expect beautiful maple trees with Shariden but there are a few trees in front of it.
Deliberately designed in that way.
Take a look at the map. The aliens are spots to see autumn leaves. We walk from the entrance gate (the red octopus) to the entrance (the blue octopus). The red line is the approach to Shariden.
After the entrance, we go to the red alien to see Shariden is the purple alien.
The A indicates the red alien in the map. We see Shariden there. The place is always crowded with many people. Just wait there, and we can be in front of the fence and have a good view of Shariden.
Enjoy the couples of maple trees with Shariden like these photos.
As you see, we can see scarce maple trees in the front view.
On the other hand, there are many maple trees behind Shariden. We can admire them with it.
Turning around Kinkaku 見返り金閣
Up above a small hill, the blue alien in the map, we “turn around” to see Kinkaku. This is the art to see Shariden. In fall, it seems to be in the cloud of maple leaves.
The best place to see Shariden with autumn leaves!
The approach to Shariden
This is the “must to see” in Kinkakuji temple. Along the pathway from the entrance gate to Sharinden, there are lots of maple trees in extraordinary colors. See the video in the next chapter.
Kinkakukji temple virtual tour in autumn
We stroll around in the area of Kinkakuji temple.
What is the best time to visit Kinkakuji to see autumn leaves?
As same as the popular spots in Kyoto, the best time to visit is around mid-November but we have some exception; the autumn leaves in Ryoanji, Korinin, toji, Tofukuji, Komyoin, and other places might be in full bloom later than Kinkakuji.
The maple trees in the Zen garden of Ryoanji go into full bloom
later than those of Kinkakuji!
Illumination in Kinkakuji temple
Sorry, Kinkakuji temple is not illuminates in any seasons. If you wanted to enjoy the illumination of autumn leaves, check the link below!
Sorry, the English edition is coming soon!
It’s tough, being a visitor of Kinakuji temple in autumn 金閣寺はつらいよ
Fron the entrance gate to the entrance
Kinkakuji is one of the most popular destinations in Kyoto. It always is crowded. In fall, many people rushed to see autumn leaves there.
The red line indicates the pathway to the entrance. Around the blue octopus, we buy ticket (the photo above). We show it to monks at the blue octopus and have brochure there. This procession takes lots of times and in autumn, along the red line, we wait in line to buy ticket sometimes. We might wait 1 hour or later. I once waited there about 50 minutes to get in.
After the entrance, Kinkakuji gives us tough and rough time
In Kinkakuji temple, there is one-way path to go. It might take about 4~50 minutes to get to the exit (the yellow octopus).
The itinerary of the day goes…..
As you see, to visit Kinkakuji temple in fall might take lots of times. You might give up the place you want to go because you struggled to get out of it.
To avoid disaster like that
The only way to avoid these inconvenience, all we can do is TO BE THE FIRST VISITOR OF KINKAKUJI OF A DAY! Kinkakuji temple opens at 9：00 a.m. It takes about 4~50 minutes to to get out.
Be there before 9：00 a.m.～
The recommended place near Kinkakuji temple
Usually, tourists head for Ninnaji, Ryoanji, and Arashiyama but I recommend a special place to you: Genkoan temple. It is a well-known place among Kyoto enthusiasts in Japan. We admire the autumn leaves there through the windows. It is calm, cozy place. Take a taxi to get there.
What is Kinkakuji temple?
Kinkakuji is a sub-temple of Shokokuji temple. It is famous as “the golden pavilion.” Its origin is a villa named Kitayamaden belonged to Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the third Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate. The golden pavilion is officially called Shariden. It is a cultural complex of War loads and court nobles. For more information, check the link below.
About Kinkakuji temple
Name: Hokuzan Rokuonji
Adress Kinkakuji cho1, Kita ward, Kyoto city 〒603-8361
Phone No. 075-461-0013
Website Kinkakuji official (Japanese language only)
Usual Opeining hours 9:00～17:00
Entrance fee: Adult 400 yen
Time required 1hour～
How to get to Kinkakuji temple?
Kyoto City bus
No. 12、59、101、204、205 Kinkakuji michi bus stop