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Kinkakuji Temple

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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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1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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If you can schedule your visit when it's sunny, do it. It was magical to see the sun shining on the golden temple. The temple grounds was a quick, easy walk. It was great that they made sure there was only 1 entrance & exit...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bazingga_08
Reviewed yesterday

Very much enjoyed Kinkakuji Temple - it's like nothing else simply because of the striking golden exterior. The gardens here aren't as spectacular as others in Kyoto - but we did visit in winter. Only downside was how busy it was but if you're patient...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank siobhang552
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's worth the trip. The temple is very pretty and the grounds are pristinely kept. But there were so many people it felt like feeding time at the zoo. Personally I think there are far better temples in Kyoto, just because of the number of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank James Q
Reviewed 5 days ago

The temple to end all temples. Go off season if you can as everyone knows this place and the crowds can be terrible during the holidays but do not come to Kyoto without a visit!

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank David T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There were large crowds the day we visited. A 10 minute walk from the parking lot to see castle. Maybe a challenge for people with disabilities as some of the area has steep stairs to walk through the park. The lake and castle are stunning

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank haileythegolden
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must visit when in Kyoto !! The kinkakuji temple is an absolute masterpiece. Takes about 30 mins by bus from downtown Kyoto, we were left spellbound by the glistening gold leaf covered temple and its snow covered terraces.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank bish-sg
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Golden Temple is quite a spectacular building set in very pretty gardens. Unfortunatley on very busy days foreign tourists will push & shove for the best photo spots which greatly detracted from our experience.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Noel D
Reviewed 1 week ago

a very beautiful golden temple with great parks and mountain view. the access to this temple is easy, you can take the bus and continue with a short walk.also there are some souvenir shops near the bus stop.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Tiaprawiro
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you arrive early in the morning, the crowds will be fewer, allowing you to take some beautiful photos around the temple grounds. Take your time and enjoy the views as you stroll through.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank HeatherJMB
Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple is very picturesque and beautiful. It is a crowded place but worth a stop to get the iconic photo.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank misskennel
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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
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10 February 2019|
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Response from hollywoodarcadia | Reviewed this property |
My family took the taxi since there were four of us. It was quick and easy. Don't need to wait in line for the bus, don't have to stand if the bus is crowded, and don't have to make many stops.
23 December 2018|
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Response from LucDevroye | Reviewed this property |
I was in both places a week ago. Kiyomizu is under construction but the views outside are nice nevertheless. It is much grander than Kinkakuji, where it's all about one small temple. So I recommend Kiyomizu. Luc
23 October 2018|
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