The official name of the Kinkakuji Temple is Rokuonji Temple, and the famous reliquary hall is Kinkaku in the building of gold leaf. This reliquary hall has presence to the extent that the whole temple is called the Kinkakuji Temple.
It was burned down by arson in 1950, and was rebuilt in 1955. At the time of reconstruction, 100,000 pieces of 10 cm square gold leaf was used (2 kilograms), and, at the time of the rebuilding, they were used 200,000 pieces (20 kilograms) at the time of subsequent restoration.
The Kinkakuji Temple (Rokuonji Temple) is registered into world heritage in 1994.
It is said that it was registered since worth of the “garden” and the “pond” in the precincts in the Kinkakuji Temple was based on regulation of world heritage.
However, regrettably, even if it is world heritage, it is not selected as a Japanese national treasure.
The rebuilt age is postwar period, and the reason why Kinkaku-ji Temple is not registered into a national treasure is because it is caused by the fact that the history is short.
The garden of Kinkaku-ji Temple is the Kaiyu style garden (a Japanese garden where circulating walking paths are provided for enjoying views of the garden) with a borrowed landscape of “Mt. Kinugasa”.
It is called Chisen-Kaiyu-shiki-teien (go around the pond style garden), and the garden becomes the arranged way around a pond.
The Kyokochi pond (mirror pond) in the center of the garden has an area of approximately 6,600 square meters. It is said that boating was enjoyed there before the Muromachi era.
It is a brilliant garden which has been designated both a Special Historic Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty.
The site of Kinkakuji Temple is large, and since the usual route to see was decided, so you cannot go only a place where you want to see.
The standard of the time required is about 50 minutes, when seeing in a hurry.
The first highlight is a reliquary hall, but, besides, there are some places to be able to enjoy. It takes around one and a half hours when you look leisurely like hitting a bell or having powdered green tea.
|Address:||Kinkakujicho 1 Kyoto Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361 Japan|
|Access:||JR Sanyo-honsen Line “Shinhakushima-eki” station (17 minutes walk)|
|Price:||400 yen (Adult)
300 yen (Under 15 years old)
Free (Before Elementary school enrollment)