If you are in Kyoto now (October 1st – November 30th), go to Ginkakuji Temple to see the hall called “Togudo”, which is designated as a national treasure.
It is one of few chances to see the inside of this valuable hall and experience the historical atmosphere. Togudo was used as a hall to place a Buddha statue or ancestor’s tablets by Shogun Yoshimasa Ashikaga. Yoshimasa was believed to build this temple after the example of his grandfather, Yoshimitsu, who built Rokuonji (Golden Pavilion).
To see the inside of this hall, it is required to pay 1,000 yen in addition to the normal entrance fee (500 yen). Note that this includes a short guided tour in Japanese, and taking pictures is prohibited. Ginkakuji opens from 10:00 – 16:00.
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