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Kinkakuji Temple

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Northern Kyoto
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Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
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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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Beautiful temple

If you're in Kyoto, you must go here. It's really beautiful in person. It might be crowded due to a very popular tourist destination.

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San Jose, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're in Kyoto, you must go here. It's really beautiful in person. It might be crowded due to a very popular tourist destination.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Sun Tours provides morning and full day tours of several sites including the golden pavilion . This site was very rushed . Didn't get enough time to take in or receive detailed history

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There isn't a whole lot else to see in this particular complex - and it wastes no time in delivering the goods with a little side-section dedicated to capturing the preferred angle and view. Iconic and beautiful, but often very crowded - be prepared to stake out your perfect selfie location and be patient - the results are worth it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Checked this place out right after we visited the MONKEY PARK Iwatayama. Really hot day, really crowded too, but glad we came to check it out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Never realize that the picture I have been seeing since I was young is Kinkakuji temple. It is also known as Golden Temple. It is so crowded but very worthed. The best time to visit is afternoon. By the time the sun slowly sets, it shines to the temple and the temple turns golden. Just perfecto!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came first thing, 9am and it was far busier than we were expected, it in no way detracted from the feel of the place though, truly beautiful.

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Kinkaku-ji is one of the most famous temples in Japan. The cherry blossoms in the spring, the fresh greenery in early summer(May or June), the reflection of the autumn leaves, and the snowy scenery and clear air in the winter can all clearly be seen, and along with imposing view of the Rokuon-ji, the garden exudes the moods of the... More 

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If you are traveling in Japan you have to visit kyoto for few days to see the temples and old shrines the old capital city of Japan you will see the real heritage and the real Japan culture I suggest 2 to 3 days enough to cover the city start early morning to see as much as you can Kinkakuji... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Simply an amazing temple. Serene location with wonderful surrounding nature. The lake right in front reflected the temple and the trees (in foliage) in a magical way. Yes, it is crowded, but then again what is not crowded in Kyoto. If you manage to find a quiet corner until the groups slowly walk away the result is superb.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So many people, at least in the summer during vacation season. It was (fairly) easy to take a bus there once I got the info. I'm glad I went because it really is beautiful but there are a lot of people. You crop them out of your photos. haha Also, it's quick. I saw it for maybe 10-15 minutes and... More 

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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 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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