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Kinkakuji Temple

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Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
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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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It's one of the most beautiful ties in the world.

This temple is located against the mountains in Kyoto and is by far one of my most favorite places in the world. The city of Kyoto is rather small and this temple can be reached... read more

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Hillsboro, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This temple is located against the mountains in Kyoto and is by far one of my most favorite places in the world. The city of Kyoto is rather small and this temple can be reached by bus or taxi and very easy to find. It a place to stroll though the gardens and reflect, it's beautiful beyond words.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This golden temple is very beautiful, especially if you catch it with the right sunlight. Though there are many people and they even have people guiding traffic, it is still possible to get a great shot of the temple. The setting is very beautiful and the walk around the garden was pleasant and nothing too crazy. You could probably do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a very interesting and impressive temple. As you enter the temple area, you are corralled toward one side to get a photo across the water..everyone is trying to get a photo from this position so it was a little chaotic. There is three buses to choose from and they appear to run quite frequently. The bus stops not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great Temple to take some nice photos.The temple is surrounded by a lake and can be viewed from any direction. There are plenty of walking tracks and it makes for an enjoyable afternoon however it does get very busy later in the day. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The sun glinting off the gold leaf covering on the temple pavilion, surrounded by the zen gardens just takes your breath away. Please don't miss this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Kinkakuji is so over the top, so almost gaudy, it's hard to appreciate how beautiful it really is. Go at sunset, at twilight, then you can appreciate it's true beauty. Its lines are sublime and it is perfectly placed in its garden.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited Kinkakuji temple late afternoon. Beautiful reflection of the temple from the water. Peaceful and serene walk through the grounds. Good shops surrounding the area too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The temple looks really beautiful especially with a perfect reflection from the lake. The temple can be easily reached by taking the bus from Kyoto station. We timed our visit for sunset hoping to see the temple in twilight and it was amazing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Yet another "Must visit" place in Kyoto. This stunning golden temple is surrounded by a well landscaped garden and a pond which offers some magnificent views. the glowing of the temple with the presence of sunlight is breathtaking. This is one of the most popular places among both local and foreign tourists and thus, it's crowded most of the time.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Walking around this temple, you may find there are lots of tourists, but in the meantime, it is still one of the most important places to visit for the historical purposes. I love how detailed the entire Japanese garden is. Even the stones on the ground represented different meanings and show the history of Muromachi period related with the famous... More 

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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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