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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
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Definitely one of the temples you need to see due to the unique gold appearance. The surrounding grounds and other buildings are also very nice. Like all of these temple sites in Kyoto, if you can avoid the peak tourist times you'll have more time...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 2 days ago

the golden temple was just breathtaking beautiful and the grounds around were just magnificent. try to visit at sunset

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dovrat
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Another must visit place and it is easily accessible using bus service. Amazing place, nice gardens with facilities. We will revisit again ... Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank adea2013
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a beautiful place to visit and I have some amazing pictures, it was VERY busy and it was a little like herded cattle

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fayelouise44
Reviewed 5 days ago

By chance, we went just before it closes, in the autumn, with a drizzle. It was almost transcendental: the blinds on the first level of the temple was just closing up. I suspect that no other light source was allowed during this time, so the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank theabraham
Reviewed 5 days ago

Temple is as good in real life as in pictures. Lovely grounds with a lot to see; lake, trees, flowers. Very nice to visit. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ronin28
Reviewed 5 days ago

Definitely a place that you should visit once if your in Japan. However the temple opens at 8.30 and at 8 there was already a long line of people airing to get in. Not a place to spend a lot of time du to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wanderwolke
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's always full of people and most of them are trying to get the perfect photo. So, to begin with, drop the idea of getting the photo, just try to enjoy to the best of your capabilities and admire this golden temple.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank YonoPino
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were lucky to be there on an autumn day with glorious weather. The crowds are inevitable and one has to be fairly assertive to get access to a good location for a photo. The rest of the grounds are beautiful and there is much...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SamSegar
Reviewed 5 days ago

Such a gorgeous temple - perfectly located on the pond for that reflection photos. One direction around the site so it's easy to navigate and get back to the car park. Just far too many people there for a quiet moment. Had to wait a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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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