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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
+81 75-461-0013
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The temple to end all temples. Go off season if you can as everyone knows this place and the crowds can be terrible during the holidays but do not come to Kyoto without a visit!

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank David T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There were large crowds the day we visited. A 10 minute walk from the parking lot to see castle. Maybe a challenge for people with disabilities as some of the area has steep stairs to walk through the park. The lake and castle are stunning

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank haileythegolden
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A must visit when in Kyoto !! The kinkakuji temple is an absolute masterpiece. Takes about 30 mins by bus from downtown Kyoto, we were left spellbound by the glistening gold leaf covered temple and its snow covered terraces.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bish-sg
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Golden Temple is quite a spectacular building set in very pretty gardens. Unfortunatley on very busy days foreign tourists will push & shove for the best photo spots which greatly detracted from our experience.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Noel D
Reviewed 4 days ago

a very beautiful golden temple with great parks and mountain view. the access to this temple is easy, you can take the bus and continue with a short walk.also there are some souvenir shops near the bus stop.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tiaprawiro
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you arrive early in the morning, the crowds will be fewer, allowing you to take some beautiful photos around the temple grounds. Take your time and enjoy the views as you stroll through.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank HeatherJMB
Reviewed 6 days ago

The temple is very picturesque and beautiful. It is a crowded place but worth a stop to get the iconic photo.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank misskennel
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Take your time and look at this marvelous building from different vantage points, check the reflections in the pond and the wonderful placement of the small islands...observe how the desigber "borrowed" the mountains on the horizon and made them part of this masterwork! If you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gustavo A
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was super crowded. It was hard to walk without pumping into people. The golden temple was nice, but that was it.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Dong Hai H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly we only had a few hours on our last day in Kyoto to visit Kinkakuji.. It is well worth the effort Take the time to stroll through the surrounding gardens

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank MichaelV541
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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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February 9, 2019|
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Response from hollywoodarcadia | Reviewed this property |
My family took the taxi since there were four of us. It was quick and easy. Don't need to wait in line for the bus, don't have to stand if the bus is crowded, and don't have to make many stops.
December 23, 2018|
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Response from LucDevroye | Reviewed this property |
I was in both places a week ago. Kiyomizu is under construction but the views outside are nice nevertheless. It is much grander than Kinkakuji, where it's all about one small temple. So I recommend Kiyomizu. Luc
October 22, 2018|
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Response from amitabham2018 | Reviewed this property |
You may keep in a bag with you, no problem.