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Kinkakuji Temple

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Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-461-0013
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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 glowing temple

Wonderful experience, grounds are incredible, and neat to see everyone praying for the New Year. Even though it is far from the city center (we took the bus using google maps to... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Wonderful experience, grounds are incredible, and neat to see everyone praying for the New Year. Even though it is far from the city center (we took the bus using google maps to navigate, and it dropped us right outside) it was incredibly packed with selfie stick loving tourists, so you weren't really able to have a peaceful moment or stand... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The gardens are stunning, and I was fortunate enough to be there in the Japanese autumn. The temple is amazing, as is its setting. Be sure to get a photo with the lake in the foreground. You can bless yourself with incense and there is a souvenir shop. However, the items on sale were costly compared with shops. A very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A beautiful temple but way too crowded. You can only view the temple from afar but you can't actually go inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice view for photos. In the morning, sun reflects the water pond to the golden pavilion. a lot of tourists and also student tours. i went on end of march season. nice weather.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I found my way here on a snowy day which only added to the beauty of the building. Yes, the crowd was huge even on such a bitterly cold day but you can find quiet, out of the way places to enjoy the experience.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kinkakuji is definitely a beautiful temple however the crowds plus the long travel time makes me unsure if I want to recommend it to fellow travellers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This temple was wonderful to see. I went on a calm day and the pond in front reflected the building perfectly. It was extremely busy however so I'd recommend going as early as possible.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

couldn't believe how beautiful it looked - even better than the pictures. There are crowds of people taking photos though so keep in mind. No food allowed, they have adorable omamori (shinto charms) you can buy for less than 1000Y. Admission I think was 500Y. highly recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is amazing how peaceful is this whole area and how beautiful is this Golden Temple .a must-seein Kyoto!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place, despite the long queue, is magic and unique and well represents what real Japan is! I enjoyed this visit to the temple while snowing and it has been amazing for me! You cannot miss it if you are in Kyoto!

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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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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