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Kinkakuji Temple

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Northern Kyoto
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto and 6 other guides
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Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
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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 but extremely crowded

We visited the Golden Pavilion on a weekend, 4pm on a Saturday, not realising that this is Japan's No1 tourist attraction we have since been told. So that was a big mistake, it... read more

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We visited the Golden Pavilion on a weekend, 4pm on a Saturday, not realising that this is Japan's No1 tourist attraction we have since been told. So that was a big mistake, it was just one slow moving mass of people, very difficult to stop, get a good photo and appreciate this beautiful building & it's surroundings. You do not... More 

Thank lovetheunexpected
Mangalore, India
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No trip to Kyoto is complete without visiting the Kinkakuji Temple which houses the Golden Pavilion. The lake and the garden in the background makes it a perfect shot to capture. Its always crowded with locals and tourist alike.

Thank mgprabhu
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way too many tourists, tourist groups and school group there. Very overcrowded! not as nice as expected. Worth go to visit I guess.

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Loved this place in spite of being crowded with tourists .... I definitely feel visiting it early morning would be a good idea ... has lovely gardens too ...

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A great sight to behold, the golden pavilion. Definitely one of the must visit area in Kyoto! We reached there around mid-afternoon & were lucky that it wasn't that crowded with people :)

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The Golden Temple is really beautiful, especially in the autumn season. But have in mind that it is a touristic spot crowed with hundreds of picture taking people. Nevertheless, I highly recommend to go here.

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Durham, UK
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You can't go inside the temple itself but a nice walk around the gardens and fabulous views of it's amazing gold leaf make it well worth a visit

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Very beautiful and historically and spiritually significant however it is extremely crowded during holiday periods. Due to the large crowds during Golden Week we were herded along - all in the same direction - without much opportunity to stop to appreciate the beauty. Still worth it however.

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Watch for crowds. But people are friendly and the history is fascinating. When the sun hits the gilded parts of the building the effect is breathtaking.

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The grounds of the temple is very small in comparison to other temples we've visited in Kyoto. But nevertheless, the temple is beautiful! There is also small stalls to purchase food and souvenirs as you exit. This would probably only take you 30minutes or less to go through.

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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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