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Kinkakuji, the Golden Temple/Pavilion

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Okuribi and Kinkakuji temple

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The mountain behind Kinkakuji, we have bonfire called “Okuribi”. In the mid-August, we believe our ancestors who passed away come back to us and stay with us in short period of time. When they go back where they belong, we wave our good-bye with Okuribi. (The fire in the picture and the following video is a “Migi-daimonji” and not the bonfire made in the mountain near Kinkakuji. )

The bonfire tells Kyotoite summer was nearly ending.

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五山送り火全部

Okuribi completed, 合掌

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General information of Kinkakuji temple

Hokuzan Rokuonji

Address 1 kinkakuji-machi, Kita-ku, kyoto 〒603-8361

Phone +81 075-461-0013

Website

Shokokuji web site  (In side of Shokokji site, there is a Kinkakuji site.)

Opening hours 9:00~17:30

Admission fee Adult and high school student 400yen

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How can we enter Kinkakuji temple?

Enter the Kinkakuji

1s are bus stops. 2 is a main entrance. At 3, we pay an admission fee.

kinkakuji ticket

We have this amulet in exchange. It works as a ticket.

kinkakuji brochurekinkakuji brochure

At 4, a monk is waiting for us. Let him see the amulet ticket.He gives us a brochure written in Japanese, English. After that, we pass through a gate and enter the Kinkakuji field.

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Souvenir of Kinkakuji

kinkakuji map

We have three souvenir shops in Kinkakuji. The following are my recommendation.

Kinkakuji guide book

kinkakuji guide book

kinkakuji guide book

A guide book written in both Japanese and English. 550 yen.

Kinkakuji  post cards

kinkakuji post cards

You can see inside of the Shariden. 310 yen.

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Access from Kinkakuji to Ginkakuji

From Kinkakuji to Ginkakuji, we have many buses to take. We take no.204 bus. No.204 is a loop line. We have clockwise no. 204 and anticlockwise no. 204. We take anticlockwise 204 because it is less crowded. Go to the bus stop(Kinkakuji michi bus stop) indicated in the map shown above.

Get off the bus at Giknkakuji michi bus stop.

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Access to Kinkakuji temple

From JR Kyoto station to Kinkakuji

Take Subway Karasuma line for Kokusai kaikan.

Get off the train at Imadegawa station and get out of the station from entrance no.3.

Take the bus no.59 at Karasuma Imadegawa bus stop.

Get off at Kinkakuji mae bus stop.

From Gion shijo sta. and Kawaramachi sta.

At Shijo kawara-machi bus stop, take bus no.12.

Get off at Ginkakuji mae bus stop.

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