temple of the Golden Pavilion


This famous 3-story pavilion is located in the garden of a Zen temple called Rokuonji. The building was burned to the ground in 1950 by an insane monk, an incident fashioned into the novel  by Yukio Mishima. When the structure was rebuilt in 1955, it was decided to restore the original gilding (which had largely peeled off the building by the time of the arson.)

 I was told by the head priest that the room on the top has a floor made of polished black lacquer that reflects the gilded ceiling, and that only the emperor is allowed to visit it.

pavilion from across the pond


teahouse in the garden

the golden pavilion


interior of teahouse

top floor

garden wall