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Kinkakuji Temple

1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-461-0013
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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 2 days ago via mobile

If you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day as we were, you will be rewarded by a stunning building in beautiful gardens. The gardens are probably best seen in spring (we went in December). But it was still lovely. Not a long...More

Thank lizbythesea2017
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful but the most crowded place we visited in Japan. It was Sunday afternoon which didn’t help. Worth visiting but try to go on a week day.

Thank JDublingirl62
Reviewed 2 days ago

I thought I'd find this too touristy, but it was just as beautiful as in the photos, and the gardens, with many red maple trees, were beautiful.

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to witness temple made from Gold! The Golden Pavilion is surrounded with a lake. The best time to go is when the sun still rising or golden hour period as the Gold temple shine their true color.

Thank Johan_Kinoshita
Reviewed 2 days ago

best view to take a pic? as you enter into view of the temple, head towards the blocked off corner of the view. Unobstructed view. Superb!

Thank meic01
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited there during the peak week for Autumn leaves, amazing leaves red color and Golden temple, but other than that, there is nothing else. Place is a bit further in Northern Kyoto and take bus there rather than Subway, need to walk again from there...More

Thank Foodismrhapshody
Reviewed 3 days ago

I thought I wouldn't be so impressed in person because I have seen so many photos of Kinkakuji, however it is gorgeous in person (even with swarms of tourists around it). Loved it, definitely a must see.

Thank Caitlin M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing how the golden structure gleams. Unfortunately, the place gets tremendously crowded so photos get obstructed!

Thank WTisSearching
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The golden temple itself was gorgeous. It's the first thing you see upon entering the grounds - that's the best spot to take a picture of it. After that, it's just a brief walk around the area, not too much to see. We spent less...More

1  Thank Lingzhi X
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the most exciting and famous world heritage site in Kyoto. You must visit this if you are in Kyoto. Very well organized and a round walk will take you back to the old Japanese history.

Thank steelriver2014
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 November 2017|
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Response from Guranchal | Reviewed this property |
Very nominal.. Around 3 or 400 yen
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21 November 2017|
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Response from amy7rn | Reviewed this property |
The entire area around the temple is fenced off. They close the gate at 5pm so you cannot get near it. It is mostly hidden from view from outside the fence/ gate.
8 October 2017|
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Response from Dutchy7667 | Reviewed this property |
It's about 8 or 9 km between the 2 locations, Gold and Silver temples. It's flat all the way, no hills at all, however I would get the 101 bus between the 2 temples. This bus and the 100 and 102 route just about cover 80% of... More