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Kinkakuji Temple

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One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built in 1397 as a residence for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The structure was completely covered in gold leaf, earning it the name Golden Pavilion.
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1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-461-0013
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Reviewed yesterday

Take bus 59 to get to the temple. Smaller then I thought but, vey beautiful. Not wheel chair friendly.

Thank Bush B
Reviewed yesterday

Basically is all about this golden temple. Nothing much special about that area. You can visit this anytime after visiting Bamboo forest.

Thank zh0ngyic
Reviewed yesterday

The temple is spectacular, and in late afternoon it really glows, almost blindingly. But there is a procession, like cattle through a slaughterhouse, of tourists. Everybody wants THE shot. Or selfie. No chance to contemplate, to sit and just enjoy the space. In one end,...More

Thank Twinkieboy
Reviewed 2 days ago

Such a beautiful temple, picturesque and worth the visit. That said, even at sunset there were literally hundreds of people pushing with their selfie sticks to take photos. It made it less enjoyable. But still a must see.

Thank kennysullivan
Reviewed 2 days ago

Absolutely stunning temple. We got there early, about an hour after it opened on a weekday, and the crowds were not bad. Took the bus from the hotel, it was a very easy but slow ride as the traffic in Kyoto can be heavy.

Thank djlnyc
Reviewed 3 days ago

The crowds at this temple were almost too much for me but I'm glad I suffered them to see this magnificent sight. I can see why this is a popular temple as it is stunning. I did not stay terribly long due to the crowds...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

always busy but there is a reason. a beautiful setting! easy to get to on the bus. the JR rail pass is not very useful in Kyoto.

Thank Leanne_E_12_12
Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely beautiful temple however was very very busy the day we visited, still worth the wait for photos.

Thank TheMoretonAdventure
Reviewed 3 days ago

We came here on a private tour 30th of Oct '18 around midday, hx of this temple is very interesting, gardens are lovely and it's certainly unique given it's coated in real gold leaf. It was veryyyyy busy when we went, we found out throughout...More

Thank sam_wise_0404
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stunning building, stunning grounds, I can see why this is number 1 thing to do ! No faults whatsoever ever. It’s 3 stops on the bus from the station and it’s a flat fair per person, no change given, 230 yen per person. You can...More

Thank Oceanus_x
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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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23 October 2018|
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Response from amitabham2018 | Reviewed this property |
You may keep in a bag with you, no problem.
24 August 2018|
Response from Maxime F | Reviewed this property |
Kyoto is not located by the sea. You must take a bus from the dock to Kyoto city. It's easy to go to Kinkaku ji from the Kyoto station (bus 205). It takes around 45 minutes, it dépends on the traffic. I wish your agios trip... More
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Response from CoupleabroadUK | Reviewed this property |
As far as I can remember there are no steps to view the temple as this is very close to the beginning. There are some steps further along but that is when you are away from the temple and the main attraction. I would... More