Golden Pavilion

Today I’m going to introduce yet another Wanderlust Wednesday place based to Japan and Kyoto. This place is mainly on my must recommend places because of its photogenic looks but also the amazing experience I had visiting there.

So let me recommend this place for you. It may seem too expensive to visit and there isn’t a lot thing to see. However if you want to brag with amazing photos on your Facebook wall this temple is good place to go and take the new charming selfie…

Golden temple autumn Kyoto

Golden Pavilion

Other Names: Kinkakuji

Where? Kyoto, Japan

How to get there? Direct bus leaves from Kyoto Station

When to go? I think the prettiest times to visit are when there is autumn leaves. Kinkakuji is open from 9AM to 5PM. Go early so you have enough time to get charmed by the golden wonder.

How much does it cost? 400 yen

Why to go?

Like I mentioned this temple is the place to take your best travel photos. Or well probably just that one photo with you standing in front of the water and golden building. If you are lucky there is no photobombing tourists next to you.

But in reality I’m just kidding. The temple did impress me. I would not recommend it for you if it was just for that one selfie. I hadn’t never seen anything like that. Beautiful gold pavilion.


My Visit to See Kinkakuji

I had some challenges trying to find the entrance. There was huge construction site between the bus stop and line for entrance. Finally I found the right place following group of students. The closer I got the more students I saw. Apparently there was field trip going on.

I walked confidently to buy my ticket, saw how much it costs and ran away in panic. 400 yen to see one building. Why would anyone pay that much? With that money I would pay that day’s dinner. I didn’t know what to do so I kept walking back and forth among the students.


Then I decided it was just money and walked again confidently to buy the ticket and went through the entrance. There was a lot of tourists and I was starting to regret my decision. Until I saw the Golden Pavilion. How can one building be so beautiful?

I took some photos and probably appear in dozen holiday photos others have taken. It was crowded in the perfect photo spot and guards were making sure no one stood on the walking path but rather on the photography area. The one selfie was quickly taken and I walked ahead.

There was some other buildings and things to see but nothing was worth of mention after seeing the main sight. In the end there was some small shops (and a lot of free food samples…)

The other things to see in the are we nothing when compared with the golden building.

It was hot day so after exiting the park I bought ice cream from vending machine. I had just eaten it and decided to leave when group of students (probably under ten years old but I’m really bad at guessing ages) approached me. Behind them stood their teacher who smiled warmly for me.

“Hello, can we ask questions from you?” one of the students finally dared to ask me. Their teacher explained that they were English students and had this mission to ask one tourist things about them. Of course I agreed.


They asked shyly about my name, nationality and other things. I gave Moomin pins for them because I always carried them with me in the case I met someone special. After they had asked all the questions I of course got sticker decorated business cards from them.

It was fun experience and I got really surprised how good English they spoke. Perfect ending for my Kinkakuji visit.

Like always feel free to comment below your thoughts. What are some of your favorite destinations? Or maybe Kinkakuji is one of them?

Wanderlust Wednesday: Kinkakuji/Golden Pavilion
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With love,

Viivi Severina

9 thoughts on “Golden Pavilion

  1. It is an amazing place to visit and your pictures definitely do it justice. We’ve been to Kyoto 4 times now, we visited Kinkajuji the first time we went and never had the urge to rush back. I would definitely recommend the Inari shrine, the Arashiyama bamboo forest and Otagi Nenbutaiji.

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    1. Thank you! I agree with you that Kinkakuji really is just one time thing. Even if I now went to Japan I would not visit there again. It’s beautiful and amazing but not worth of paying again the entrance fee.


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