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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
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Reviewed yesterday

We came to the Kinkakuji Temple shortly before the opening; therefore, we could take a few photos without fighting for the best photo opportunities. I recommend visiting it first thing of the day. This temple was one of the bucket list items, and with sunny...More

Thank Noriko M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went there in summer. Despite the heat and the crowd of tourists, it is a great experience. The temple grounds are large with many other beautiful and interesting attractions in addition to the golden pavillon. The Pavillon itself over the pound is a beautiful...More

Thank Fleure70
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Reviewed 4 days ago

To be honest I didn't expect much from here, but upon seeing it in person I really did find it mesmerizing. The crowds weren't too bad, although it was super hot so that might have drove some people away.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Another nominally priced exhibit at 400 yen per adult to see the golden temple. Once you show your ticket, you're given a context pamphlet in multiple languages. You proceed through the garden and if it's sweaty hot July, they have out the adult sprinklers aka...More

Thank V M
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It’s a beautiful temple which can be quickly covered in 20 minutes. There is only one small temple and no other buildings to see. The place has a beautiful feel in the evening.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited it mid morning, while it was rather crowded. However, we still managed to take all the pictures we wanted and even managed to find some peaceful areas in the gardens. The views across the lake are stunning and very picturesque, although it is...More

Thank Catherine S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Don't expect a big pavilion but very picturesque as you view it across the small lake. The entire place is perfectly designed and gives you the calm and zen feel as you step into the space. Well worth the visit and is accessible by bus....More

Thank Khailin11
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We are very pleased with the view and also path along the Kinkaku-ji temple. It was very beautiful also we visit in a very chill weather...

Thank hendra t
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a UNESCO site and incredibly beautiful. Highly recommend going early as it gets crowded with so many tourists especially during the Cherry Blossoms.

Thank Sus C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you like visit temples, so you must go to Kinkakuji temple or golden temple. It is very crowded and need some walk from the entrance gate and exit gate.

Thank Anna P
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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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imurphy2017
June 12, 2018|
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Response from Rupesh D | Reviewed this property |
No, but agree on go early-try to be there by 9
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Vicki J
April 2, 2018|
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Response from AsiaSDaew | Reviewed this property |
Visit inside this particular building is not permitted.
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