There is 2 kinkaku-ji temple in the world, one is in my city in Brazil
Brazil's Kinkaku-ji is a replica of the Japanese Kinkaku-ji Temple of the same name built in the 14th century, and like its model, Kinkaku-ji is surrounded by a pond populated by colorful carp (nishikigois). It is in the municipality of Itapecerica da Serra thirty-three kilometers from the capital of São Paulo.
Unlike its Japanese model, Brazil's Kinkaku-ji is an ecumenical temple and a cinerary, while Japanese Kinkaku-ji is a Zen-Buddhist oriented temple.
Inside, in addition to several columbaries, there are rooms where ecumenical ceremonies such as masses, baptisms, and weddings are held. Often, post-cremation funeral ceremonies are performed following the Japanese rite and the custom of preserving the ashes of their ancestors.
Brazil's Kinkaku-ji is at the foot of rugged terrain, but the tourist path leading up to it is steep and stepped, with some seating at strategic points. A Japanese garden at the entrance of the park with its cherry trees and a pond with ornamental fish are a separate attraction. The Kinkaku-ji of Brazil (both its surroundings and the interior of the temple is fully open to public visitation and tourism, being part of the National Tourist Park.
KINKAKU-JI: KYOTO'S GOLD TEMPLE
Kyoto is one of the most interesting Japanese cities. For several centuries, it was the capital of the country, the residence of the emperor and the cultural center of Japan.
Palaces, temples, and toris (wooden portals that indicate sacred environments), the heritage of wealth and Japanese tradition, are everywhere. So it's no wonder Kyoto is known as the "city of a thousand temples." However, this is just a language expression. There are no thousand temples there. There are, on the contrary, many more. The number is estimated to be between two and three thousand Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
With so many temples and shrines, it is even difficult to choose which ones to visit. The most famous and sought after by tourists are the Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizudera and Ginkaku-ji, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Buddhist Zen temple Kinkaju-ji, a symbol of the city of Kyoto, is a must-see! The picture of the Golden Pavilion with the reflection in the water is a classic!
Back to Kinkaku-ji Brazil
Situated within the Valley of the Temples National Tourist Park, Kinkaku-ji benefits from the Atlantic Forest that surrounds it with its climate, its plants, its waters, its rocks, and its rugged terrain. Set in the woods, Kinkakuji is surrounded by a Japanese-style environment. A Japanese garden with a colorful koi pond and a bridge and ornamental cherry trees that bloom in the inverse between July and August.
In the descent to Kinkaku-ji, in a more remote location, the familiar deposits in black granite are already noted and along the paths leading to the cinerary are several individual niches.
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One of the most acclaimed series, Netflix's Black Mirror, used the city of São Paulo and the Kinkaku-ji Temple for their filming. The episode Striking Vipers, the last of the fifth season, is now available on the platform.
There are many plants, rocks, and fountains of natural water along the park's paths, which makes Kinkaku-ji an object of photographic workshops, but they do not disturb the tranquil and peaceful climate that invites the visitor to meditation, reflection, to spiritual rest.
Another tourist attraction adjacent to the park is the Enkoji Temple (see "Historic" above), which promotes meditation and orientation on Buddhist teachings every Sunday, assisting anyone who wants to begin this practice. Participation is free and open to all.
The park has kiosks, grills, and toilets distributed here and there, which suggest and invite a picnic on site.
Many go to the place to go hiking, but the park's paths are quite bumpy. A walking tour of the Kinkaku-ji entering the park through the Japanese-style portal is very physically demanding and not recommended for those with walking difficulties.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09h to 16h. - To get to the temple it is necessary to face a descent that although safe is quite steep, so people with walking difficulties the idea is to drive to the temple (Information in the concierge). - Ticket: R $ 5,00 (per person). There is a rear entrance but you can only go by car as it is very steep. On a rainy day do not go because it is impassable.
It's really important to preserve and keep the nature clean and beautiful, I've visited the park today, and it's awesome to have that so close to me.
This is a Japanese temple in my city, where people collect all the garbage doing voluntary work, let's keep this clean, and let's spread this behavior wherever we can.