Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji (Temple of Shining Mercy) is a stunning Zen Buddhist 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

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


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Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

It’s best to stay nearer the center of Kyoto, so try our Kyoto accommodation guide.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.