is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is ¥400. Take bus numbers 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station to the Kinkaku-ji Michi bus stop. If you are coming from another part of the city, you can also take the number 59 and 12 buses to the Kinkaku-ji Mae bus stop.
Mishima’s hungry ghost has never really been laid to rest, the sepulchral image of his death never quite brushed under the bloodstained carpet on which he kneeled to be decapitated. Nor have the reasons behind the Golden Temple conflagration ever been satisfactorily explained. Mishima, a man well qualified to judge such desperate acts, came as close as we will ever get.
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion | The Japan Times
The torching in 1950 of Kyoto’s majestic Temple of the Golden Pavilion remains one of the world’s most discussed cases of arson — not least because the act was perpetrated by an acolyte of the temple. Transcripts of his confession and subsequent trial contain a good deal of self-loathing, but a complete absence of contrition over the crime.