Golden Temple at Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #20


Golden Temple at Kyoto for Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling.


Golden Temple at Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #20

Scenic view of the Golden Temple

 Golden Temple or Kinkaku-Ji at Kyoto


The Golden temple or Kinkaku-Ji in Kyoto is a beautiful Buddhist temple made with gold leaf and is one of the most popular temples to visit in Kyoto. A place of retirement and sanctuary for a Japanese nobleman, it was then converted into a zen temple upon his death. The temple is designated as a special historic monument and garden and part of the historic monuments of Kyoto.








Golden Temple at Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #20

Gilding details to the temple



 The temple roof is capped with a bronze phoenix ornament



Golden Temple at Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #20

Temple details


There is a beautiful garden and trails surrounding the temple in the style of the Muromachi period, a timeframe considered the golden age of Japanese garden design. Created in a minimalist style and characterized with a reduction in scale of plantings (topiary and bonsai) and integrating the buildings naturally to the landscape. These are the hallmarks of a well designed environment while integrating distant views and landscape into the place and vista points where the temple is situated. Even though the temple grounds are small, the borrowed views of the distant hills and valleys add the overall grand scale of the entire environment.


Golden Temple at Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #20

Garden details

 Fall time at Kinkaku-ji

 The entire complex was destroyed during a war, and then the temple itself was later burned down by a crazy novice monk.  Rebuilt in 1955, the three level structure was then gilded in gold leaf in the upper stories to symbolize a purification of thoughts on death. Also, the lavish design principles embellishing with gold leaf were in line with of the Muromachi style of excess.


Golden Temple at Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #20

Fall colors in the garden



The pond fronting the Golden temple represents a Kyocho-chi or mirror lake which reflects the pavilion and connects it to the outside world. The small islands in the pond represent the Japanese islands and the miniature (bonsai) plantings, rock elements and bridges represents Zen ideology with references to famous places in Japanese and Chinese literature.


Golden Temple at Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #20

Temple in black and white




Golden Temple at Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #20

Roof detail


Please check out these other posts on visiting Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful gardens of Kyoto, Japan

Nijo castle in Kyoto, Japan

Bento lunch in Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

Looking for Geishas in Kyoto

Japanese street food or Yatai



It was a fun visit to the Golden Temple at Kyoto, I hope you enjoyed the tour for Travel Photo Mondays. Please come and visit the blogs below for more interesting places and photos from around the world today.


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16 Responses to Golden Temple at Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays #20

  1. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs November 17, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    Noel just a question, do you know any other Link up Photo pages? I was wondering if it is a very popular thing those days?

    • Noel November 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      Hi Marysia,

      Yes, check out travel photo Thursday, there are a few that are more photos from your home town to

  2. Patti November 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    As always beautiful photos!

  3. Hitch-Hikers' Handbook November 11, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    Stunning photos, Noel! Kinkaku-Ji is a temple of unique beauty! We love your shots and would like to invite you to participate in the next edition of our Travel Photography Competition. Here are more details:
    Enjoy your Monday!

  4. Ritva's ART / Ritva Sillanmäki November 11, 2013 at 3:06 am #

    beutiful photos again, what a lovely place!

  5. foongpc November 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Love your photos especially the first one, and the black and white one. Pinning them on Pinterest! : )

  6. muzachan November 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Great photos, I love the vivid colors 🙂

  7. A November 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    You managed to get some really good photos of the Golden Temple. Impressive.

  8. Marilyn Armstrong November 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Your pictures of the temples are wonderful. Really breathtaking.

  9. Marisol@TravelingSolemates November 10, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Hi Noel, the link up tool is not showing.
    The Golden Temple looks very majestic. Stunning photos as always.

    • Noel November 14, 2013 at 5:38 am #

      Sorry about the inconvenience, i’ll try to get this worked out when i get back to the US for next weeks edition.

  10. Mike November 10, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Wow, that building is absolutely beautiful, Noel! Of course I love the Phoenix ornament as that is the name of my Golden Retriever, Phoenix 🙂


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