Kinkoku relocated a number of times over the course of his life, spending time in Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Ômi province, and Nagasaki. A Buddhist priest early in his life, he left that life after his temple burned down, and turned to shûgendô, traveling and climbing mountains as a form of religious practice.
He later studied under Yosa Buson, and became prolific as a literati painter, as well as in a number of other arts.
- Gallery labels, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1999.16.
- Yokoi Kinkoku, "Portrait of Kagekiyo," Gallery labels, LACMA. M.85-273.