1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku,
Kyoto, Japan
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM
Price: 300 ¥ (2.65 USD) - 400 ¥ (3.54 USD)

No Kyoto sight is as iconic as the gold-leaf covered Kinkaku-ji casting its reflection over Kyokochi pond. Originally built in 1397 as a shogun’s villa and then converted into a shariden –a temple that houses Buddhist relics- today’s Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavillion) was rebuilt in the 1950s after being burned to the ground by a crazed monk. But don't let the reconstruction put you off, it was good enough to get the temple listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Consider joining a 3 hour walking hour of Kyoto's Japanese Gardens:

Take bus number 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station (30 mins) and the temple is a several-minute walk from the Kinaku-ji michi bus stop.

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