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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-461-0013
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have to admit it was insanely crowded and we had to pay to get in but it was so pretty and peaceful. Go! Even though it is crowded, everyone is thoughtful and will move for you.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So beautiful and majestic. The golden temple is a must visit to appreciate the architecture of Pure Land Buddhism.

Thank ronrush
Reviewed yesterday

if it happens that you go there by a sunny day, you will be amazed how beautiful the place is. A majestic temple very well entertained.

Thank Mohammed O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The golden temple is very beautiful, a must to visit in Kyoto. I went there by kyoto city bus which stop near the temple location. The view around the temple is also nice, but a little bit too crowd.

Thank jeineria09
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an icon of Japan. A must see. Photographers will love too! There are signs to tell you where to stand to take the best photograph too! Leave to the Japanese to make things efficient!

Thank BMphotoTours
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful place, literally places for you to throw your money at. The path has a tendency to herd you like a sheep to gift stalls and things to buy. Great to see but not actually much to do whilst you're here. I did get a...More

Thank Danielle T
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was great but it`s bit crowded . it`s bit far from city center so you should take a train or a bicycle .

Thank lucaShung
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Be aware it's a magnet for bus tours and many tourists. You get pushed along the path. Not relaxing or very enjoyable.

Thank Ludmila S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was easily accessible by bus. You have to pay the entrance ticket then just follow the trail until the end. It was rather a quick tour around the area but I was lucky with the weather on the day that I visited. The temple...More

Thank Ha P
Reviewed 5 days ago

there's a lot more to the temple area, but of course, people come here for kinkakuji. great photo op.

Thank Janet C
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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22 November 2017|
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Response from Guranchal | Reviewed this property |
Very nominal.. Around 3 or 400 yen
Dalila L
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