Ginkaku-ji (Temple of Shining Mercy) is a stunning Zen Buddist temple and a highlight of any trip to Kyoto. The traditional Japanese garden around the temple is full of interesting stone/gravel decorations and a ‘wishing stone’.
Budget travel tips
- Combine this with a trip to Nanzen-ji temple, via the Philosopher’s Walk. This should provide for a whole afternoon/morning’s sightseeing.
How to get there
From Kyoto station, take the No.17 bus to Ginkakuji-michi.
From other areas, take a bus to Ginkakuji-michi (large bus stop on bus maps).
Opening time: 8:50 to 5:00 (March to November), 9:00 to 4:30 (December to February)
Cost: Adults 500 yen, children 300 yen
Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels
It’s best to stay nearer the center of Kyoto, so try our Kyoto accommodation guide.