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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 today via mobile

If you are looking for that perfect Instagram photo, you’ll get it. What you don’t see is the crammed bus ride to get there and back, it took us 45 mins there and 1 hour back. The place is packed and you’ll probably look at...More

Thank fancytravelreviews
Reviewed yesterday

We saw this as part of a tour and it was the last attraction on our schedule. The timing could not have been more perfect because just before susnset the lighting is spectacular for photographs. The temple is hugely popular and crowded of course but...More

Thank John R
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful temple with gold exterior. Easy to walk around the ground. A lot of visitors taking photos. Since you cannot visit the inside of temple, so the length of the visit is not too long. It is worth a visit.

Thank Ann C
Reviewed yesterday

The bad part about this temple is that it is pretty much the only thing around it and the transportation system in Kyoto is less that good. We ended up taking a bus that dropped us off around the corner from the temple one afternoon....More

Thank EmsTravler
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Kinkakuji is just one of those experiences you cannot have anywhere else in the world. Beautifully landscaped lands with a breathtaking centerpiece. Lots of amazing photo opportunities. Young kids may get a little bored. Once you do this and Ryoanji, take the kids to an...More

Thank carter2004
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Go earlier in the morning to avoid crowds. Pretty quick visit, not much to see besides taking pictures and a walk through and around the temple.

Thank brucewaynemanor
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Although as a Sikh man the Golden temple in Amritsar still blows me away; Kinkakuji is a splendour in its own right. Gorgeous gold embellished walls surrounded by a mote and Japanese foliage. The walk around the site is beautiful and the fresh air is...More

Thank Namdev S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pretty place but it was soooo busy, I felt like I was in a pack moving through a route without the space to relaxed and take it all in. I did get some nice pictures.

Thank Reney321
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our next stop after Ryoanji Temple was the Kinkakuji Temple. We boarded a bus that dropped us just outside the temple. We could see a flow of tourists going through a pebbled pathway. We only had to follow them. The moment we entered the gate...More

Thank Ghanshyam_51
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Another long walk before we got the views of the golden temple. Eventhough it has a great scenery but in a fact there a so many tourist queque in line to take the pict.

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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.