Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple, AKA Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is something you really have to see with your own eyes.  The beautiful temple on a lake is surrounded by a quiet, peaceful garden and a real must see in Kyoto.  Also a World Heritage site.

Budget travel tips

How to get there

From Kyoto station, take the No.101 or 205 bus to Kinkakuji-michi.

From other areas, take a bus to Kinkakuji-michi (large bus stop on bus maps) or Kinkakuji-mae (closer to the temple).


Opening time: 9 AM to 5 PM

Cost: Adults 400 yen, children 300 yen


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

Kinkaku-ji Temple is a little away from 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.