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Kinkakuji Temple

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Northern Kyoto
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto and 6 other guides
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Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-461-0013
09:00 - 17:00
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One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built in...

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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Need a lot of patience because it is very crowded, but the place is nice. Small, Basically the golden temple

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A must see in all the guides, and it is pretty, especially the Golden Pavilion. But there are prettier and more interesting ones. Long haul out on the bus but worth it on balance. Combine with Ryoanji Temple, but get the bus between them as the walk is longer than it looks.

Thank David G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Need a lot of patience because it is very crowded, but the place is nice. Small, Basically the golden temple

Thank Jhoana R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not much needed to say, one of the nicest and most unique monuments I have ever seen. I don't have, unfortunately, a big knowledge of Japan, bu the whole trip to Kyoto would've been worth it just to see this place

Thank QuickCas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Crowded temple area even in February, can't even think what is going to be in high season...! You have seen the area very quickly, temple is beautiful but thats about it. One picture and there you go :)

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las vegas, nv
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of people want to visit what is considered by some the best of all Kyoto temple tours, and for this reason I gave it a 4 instead of 5. The grounds and the vibe is awesome and I recommend it highly.

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Chester, Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gardens are nice, and the temple is nice. But there's nothing to explore. You pay to follow a tourist route around a nice but small temple. There are more interactive spots to visit for free even.

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Hillsboro, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This temple is located against the mountains in Kyoto and is by far one of my most favorite places in the world. The city of Kyoto is rather small and this temple can be reached by bus or taxi and very easy to find. It a place to stroll though the gardens and reflect, it's beautiful beyond words.

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Hong Kong / Columbus, OH
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This golden temple is very beautiful, especially if you catch it with the right sunlight. Though there are many people and they even have people guiding traffic, it is still possible to get a great shot of the temple. The setting is very beautiful and the walk around the garden was pleasant and nothing too crazy. You could probably do... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a very interesting and impressive temple. As you enter the temple area, you are corralled toward one side to get a photo across the water..everyone is trying to get a photo from this position so it was a little chaotic. There is three buses to choose from and they appear to run quite frequently. The bus stops not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great Temple to take some nice photos.The temple is surrounded by a lake and can be viewed from any direction. There are plenty of walking tracks and it makes for an enjoyable afternoon however it does get very busy later in the day. Worth a visit.

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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 district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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