Golden Palace – Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is situated in northern Kyoto. It’s completely covered in gold. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the Ginkakuji – Silver Pavilion. I need to take a taxi to get there, as my feet are hurt. After 6 days walking in Tokyo, taking daily route around 20 km, I barely can walk now. The taxi is not that expensive but of course you have to agree the price before you go! The landscape is amazing. It’s November so the Autumn colours across the hills and lakes are increadible. But the Golden Palace is something beathtaking. The weather is sunny and windless, so the golden structure reflects in the surrounding lake. No words can express the view better that Nikon. 😉
Golden Temple history.
Kinkakuji was built in 1393 as a retirement villa for Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga. He lived a luxury life there and the temple was covered with gold to show his authority. The temple parts are built in different style. The third floor is biult in the old Chinese style and it was used for meditation. Kinkakuji burned down several times during the Onin War, the present structure dates from 1955. The temple was re-covered in gold leaf five times thicker than the original layer.