Ginkaku-ji Temple, a Zen temple, was established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Muromachi Shogunate. Yoshimasa built Villa Higashiyama den to spend his retired life.
Kinkaku is a shariden, a Buddhist Hall containing relics of Buddha. The pavilion is part of a temple that is formally named Rokuon-ji Temple but commonly called Kinkaku-ji Temple or Temple of the Golden Pavilion.
A little fast fact first – there are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto alone. You won’t be able to see everything that Kyoto has to offer in a day. It is essential that you pick the sites you want to see and carefully plan your route.
To start off our Kyoto tour, we decided to go to the furthest stop on our itinerary. We set off towards Arashiyama with three sites in mind – the Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Tenryuji Temple, and the Bamboo Grove.