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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%
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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 via mobile

You must go! Gorgeous even in the rain! Nice gardens as well as building. Gift shops too. Didn't see cafes

Thank C A
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our second stop of the day and is a short walk if using the local buses. It costs 400 yen to enter the complex and everyone walks in a clockwise manner so there is no congestion, except were you are herded into an...More

Thank 585Rodney585
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The temple by itself is not very interesting as it was rebuilt in the 20th century and cannot be visited, but the gardens are somptuous and you can feel their "feng shui" logic! Their are just too many people, which kills part of the magic.

Thank Kophil
Reviewed 3 days ago

Unlike any other palace as it is made out of gold! Very beautiful, but you can not access it and there are a lot of visitors. It is a must see...

Thank natalie077982
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A really nice temple. A little crowded but really beautiful. The garden wasn't as nice as Ginkakuji (the silver temple - not to mistake those two). Go to Kinkakuji for the temple and Ginkakuji for the garden.

Thank MichelleBHansen
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very beautiful temple in Kyoto. Definitely a must for any visitor to the area. Check opening times and try not to arrive too late, but equally middle of the day probably very busy

Thank Lindsay K
Reviewed 4 days ago

its one of many many temples worth a visit. The lichens and the maples are the attraction, frankly. Colors were just changing.

Thank Evanston_cyclist
Reviewed 4 days ago

Yeah the view is awesome, you can take nice picture but thats all. It's little bit crowded, far away from centre (expensive taxi) and nothing else there.

Thank 1982mikel
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was beautiful! I've never seen something like this before. I would absolutely recommend visiting. Disappointing however that you cannot go inside

Thank nicolecampbell92
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not only is everything walking distance around this, but it is a must see when visiting. So beautiful and full of history. My family and I loved it! We were able to walk around even when pushing my grandmother in a wheel chair. Easy access

Thank lgxthatsxme
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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Nyssa R
17 April 2017|
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Response from Mee Fung L | Reviewed this property |
No pet allowed in most of the tourist attractions in Kyoto. I saw a few people carry their pet in a bag walking on the street but not in shopping mall, subway or tourist attractions .
8 January 2017|
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Response from krislopresto | Reviewed this property |
Hello! The bike shop gives you a map and you can bike everywhere in Kyoto. There are bike lanes on the sidewalk and street. It's really safe and so much fun.
Mindy K
20 December 2016|
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Response from minikiikii | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! It depends on the amount of time u wish to spend at each attraction. Or any specific places which u plan to stop for meals. The area around the bamboo forest Is quite big, hence depends on how much u wanna cover... More