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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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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.