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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 via mobile

The Kinkaku-ji temple is worth to visit. It’s a beautiful golden temple located in Kyoto’s beautiful nature. You can reach the temple from almost every direction in Kyoto. You have to pay a little entrance fee but that’s fine. The only thing is that you’re...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I'm a photographer, and I love to photograph the reflection of the temple in the water. To avoid crowds, I recommend going when the grounds open... It's much more enjoyable when you can soak it all in!

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The temple is really amazing, the views are great, relaxing and awesome. This is a must when going to Kyoto.

Thank Elil G
Reviewed yesterday

The Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, Zen Buddhist Golden Temple. This beautiful gold leaf clad temple stands in the equally beautiful mirror lake in the temple grounds. The story of the burning and rebuilding of the temple will captivate you I am sure. But no "spoilers"...More

Thank I H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visit this landmark together with nearby street visit. Walk from here to Gion. Take small streets following the well signed path.

Thank Gad S
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the must see attractions in Kyoto so expect it to be busy. Nevertheless the Golden Pavilion is impressive and worth the crowds.

Thank IonicBond71
Reviewed 3 days ago

Simply majestic. Very crowded but worth it . You do get good photography opportunities despite the crowd.

Thank SatishBalakrishnan
Reviewed 4 days ago

The temple itself, along with the park and the pond, are definitely beautiful. Regardless the time that you visit it, it will come out as a true beauty. If you want to travel through out Kyoto, I highly recommend to buy the one day bus...More

Thank Hafild_W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stunning grounds and wonderful to get out of the city. It was extremely busy, but well worth it as the temple is stunning and very unique.

Thank mw00ding
Reviewed 4 days ago

While the golden pavilion and surrounding landscape is very beautiful, the whole place is very small. Finished walking one round within 30 mins. Quite a let-down as I feel that it is overrated.

Thank NSEL
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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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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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12 August 2018|
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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
6 August 2018|
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Response from Piggy007 | Reviewed this property |
It is not worth it to come when it's closed. You really need to get inside to really see the gold temple and it is really worth it to see it. It's beautiful.