Where do you go after Kinkakuji? Recommended 10 spots

Kinkakuji Temple is one of Japan’s leading tourist attractions as well as Kyoto.

There must be many people who come to Kyoto and aim for the Kinkakuji Temple first.

Nonetheless, where should we go after seeing Kinkakuji Temple?

Ginkakuji Temple is surprisingly far away, and it may be lost.

If so, how about this spot where you can extend a little from Kinkakuji Temple?

Here are 10 spots.

Kinukake-michi(road) : Nearby Kinkakuji

Kinukake-michi is a tourist road about 2.5 kilometers long, connecting the three World Heritage sites of Kinkaku-ji Temple to Ryuan-ji Temple and Ninna-ji Temple.

Why don’t you take a leisurely walk along Kinukake Road and enjoy visiting the World Heritage and National Treasures?

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Jobon Rendai-ji Temple:10 minutes’ walk from Kinkakuji

The Jobon Rendaiji Temple is a temple located in Murasakino Kita-ku, and is not often listed in tourist guides, but it is a temple with a tradition in which Shotoku Taishi founded.

During the cherry blossom season, the spring-colored world spreads from the interior of the temple through the mountain gate.


Address: Kyoto City Kita-ku
Phone number 075-461-2239
Access: 10 minutes on foot from Kinkakuji

WaraTenjin(Shikichi) Shrine : 10 minute walk from Kinkakuji

The Shikichi Shrine, which is called the “wara Tenjin” among local Kyoto people, is a shrine with too many people in Kyoto to know its official name because its common name is too well known.

The Wara Tenjingu Shrine, which has long been regarded as a benefit for safe birth in Kyoto, is a short walk from Kinkaku-ji Temple.


Address: 10 Kinugasa Tenjin Moricho, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-461-7676
Access: 10 minutes on foot from Kinkakuji

Hirano Shrine:15 minutes walk from Kinkakuji

“Hirano Shrine” has a close relationship with the court, and is a high-class famous company alongside Ise Jingu and Matsuo Taisha.

The main hall, called “Hiraya zukuri” is designated as an important national cultural asset.

It is also a famous place for cherry blossoms, called Gion (east) and Hirano(west) since ancient times.


Address: No. 1 Hirano Miyamotocho, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-461-4450
Access: About 15 minutes on foot from Kinkaku-ji Temple

Ryoanji Temple:20 minutes walk from Kinkakuji

Ryoanji Temple, which is famous for its stone garden worldwide, is a temple built by Katsumoto Hosokawa in 1450 after the transfer of the villa of the Tokudai-ji Temple.

It is also designated as a World Heritage Site and is one of the main temples that represents Kyoto.

Particularly during the cherry blossom season, the stone garden and the vivid Shidaresakura collaborations attract many people.

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Address: 13 Ryoan-ji, Ryoanji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-463-2216
Access: About 20 minutes on foot from Kinkaku-ji Temple

Funaoka Onsen Street:20 minutes walk from Kinkakuji

The “Funaoka Onsen Street” is a tourist spot that attracts many foreign tourists, facing Kurama-guchi street, Kita-ku.

Although it is said to be a hidden attraction because access is a little inconvenient, it is a legend for sento fans.

There are shops that are worth visiting all the time, such as a super-retro fashionable café that has been renovated from a public bath, a Michelin listed soba restaurant.

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Kenkun Jinja Shrine:20 minutes walk from Kinkakuji

Funaokayama is located in the northern part of the basin of Kyoto, where the view of Mt.Hiei and Mt.Daimonji is also remarkable.

There is the Kenkun Shrine which enshrines the honor of Nobunaga Oda, which was founded in the Meiji Period.

The shrine is located near the summit of Mt.Funaokayama and has a pleasant view of the cherry blossoms in spring.

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Address: Kyoto City Kita-ku Shiino Kitahunaokacho 49
Phone number 075-451-0170
Access: About 20 minutes on foot from Kinkaku-ji Temple

Imamiya Jinja Shrine:23 minutes walk from Kinkakuji

“Imamiya Shrine” is also known as “Tama-no-Koshi Shrine”, and is very popular with women who have a strong desire to fulfill the dream of Tama-no-koshi!

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The shrine also has a ball guard (amulet). In addition, it is said that Monzen’s specialty broiled rice cake has the benefit of no illness.


Address: Kyoto City
Phone number: 075-491-0082
Access: About 23 minutes on foot from Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine:25 minutes walk from Kinkakuji

The religious god, Michizane Sugawara, is the “god of learning” that every Japanese knows.

Among the Shrines and Tenman-gu Shrines nationwide, the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine in Kyoto has been religious since the Heian era.

And together with the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine in Fukuoka Prefecture, has become the main shrine of the Tenjin Shrine.

In addition, there are places where you can see the wonderful scenery of the four seasons, such as plum garden and autumn leave garden.


Address: Bakurocho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone number 075-461-0005
Access: 25 minutes on foot from Kinkaku-ji Temple

Ninaji Temple:30 minutes walk from Kinkakuji

The Ninnaji Temple was founded in 888 in the Shingon sect.

It was founded by Emperor Kotaka and completed by his son Emperor Uta, and is now designated as a World Heritage Site.

The southern garden is a simple place where only white sand and pine and cedar are planted, that let us feel old Japanese.


Address: 33 Omuro-Ouchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-461-1155
Access: 30 minutes on foot from Kinkaku-ji Temple

If you go out of Kinkakuji, go here!

We introduced a spot to visit after Kinkakuji.

There are some a bit distant spots for walking, but there are many buses around Kinkakuji Temple.

If you feel strict in terms of time and physical strength, consider using a bus to save time and save energy.

The area around Kinkaku-ji Temple is an area where you can enjoy world heritage temples, historic shrines and tasteful cityscapes.

Please take a leisurely sightseeing.


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