Visiting the Beautiful Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

Written by Katherine

January 3, 2017
Last Updated on March 5, 2024

We had a lot of headaches while planning for our trip to Kyoto. There are just too many temples/shrines there, and each of them is unique and beautiful! Eventually, the Golden Pavilion, also known as Kinkaku-Ji (金閣寺), made it into our itinerary. I mean, who doesn’t want to see a lovely-looking golden structure, especially when it is near the time that the sun is almost setting? (´。• ᵕ •。`)

Journey to the Golden Pavilion

Anyway, we were supposed to visit the Golden Pavilion around 1.30 PM. However, due to the long wait for lunch at Unagi Hirokawa, we only managed to reach the temple at around 4.45 PM, which is 15 minutes before its closing hours! (´-ω-`) When we arrived, there was still quite a crowd entering the temple. But with just 15 minutes, sadly, we couldn’t explore the temple area before we had to leave. (ノД`)

The entrance fee to the temple is 400 Yen, and we got this lovely-looking entrance ticket. It looks just like an amulet, so we kept it with great care. (´ ω `♡)

A Quick Look Inside the Golden Pavilion

A few steps into the temple and then we saw the lovely Golden Pavilion with the sun shining on it, giving it such a lovely sheen.

After marvelling at the beautiful structure, we reached a place where we saw a lot of coins surrounding some stone carvings. Word has it that you would get your wish come true if you were able to throw your coin into the bowl. So a lot of people were trying to get their coins into the bowl, and we joined in as well! As you can see, a lot of coins surrounded the bowl because it was that tough. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Anyway, my favourite photo has to be this one when Feng was turning over to look for me. And it just so happened I took the photo at the exact moment! (´• ω •`) Everyone was crowding around this area as it was the way out. Since it was already past 5 PM, a lot of the food stalls along the exit had also closed for business. You could, however, still grab some souvenirs from the souvenir shop of the temple.

As mentioned, there are many many temples and shrines in Kyoto, but the Golden Pavilion is definitely a MUST visit. I would wish that I have a chance to visit again in future! (*♡∀♡)

Information on the Golden Pavilion


⏰ Opening Hours: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

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