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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
+81 75-461-0013
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to this temple a lot. Both the temple itself and the gardens surrounding it were great to see. The crowds were a bit crazy but no more than usual.

Thank remilem
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Although busy the tranquility transcends during the walk through the magnificent gardens around this sublime building

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place has to be seen because it really is special. Covered in gold leaf at great cost it simple is awesome. Unfortunately you cannot enter the building but it does detract from the super external view. Most do in Kyoto.

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went around midday. Took about 20 minutes to walk the short one way trail past the temple, and back to the start again. The temple itself is beautiful and the grounds perfectly manicured. The only downside was the madding crowd. All jockeying for position,...More

Thank ShaneAnth0ny
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Golden Pavillon is smaller than it appears on the photos, but really amazing. The gardens surrounding it are also delightful. It didn't take so much time as we expected, there's not a lot to see compared to other temples and shrines, but definitely worth...More

Thank Fernanda R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Kinkaku-ji temple is worth to visit. It’s a beautiful golden temple located in Kyoto’s beautiful nature. You can reach the temple from almost every direction in Kyoto. You have to pay a little entrance fee but that’s fine. The only thing is that you’re...More

Thank Rikkumsz
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm a photographer, and I love to photograph the reflection of the temple in the water. To avoid crowds, I recommend going when the grounds open... It's much more enjoyable when you can soak it all in!

Thank globetrotting-elissa
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The temple is really amazing, the views are great, relaxing and awesome. This is a must when going to Kyoto.

Thank Elil G
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, Zen Buddhist Golden Temple. This beautiful gold leaf clad temple stands in the equally beautiful mirror lake in the temple grounds. The story of the burning and rebuilding of the temple will captivate you I am sure. But no "spoilers"...More

Thank I H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visit this landmark together with nearby street visit. Walk from here to Gion. Take small streets following the well signed path.

Thank Gad S
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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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24 August 2018|
Response from Maxime F | Reviewed this property |
Kyoto is not located by the sea. You must take a bus from the dock to Kyoto city. It's easy to go to Kinkaku ji from the Kyoto station (bus 205). It takes around 45 minutes, it dépends on the traffic. I wish your agios trip... More
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12 August 2018|
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Response from CoupleabroadUK | Reviewed this property |
As far as I can remember there are no steps to view the temple as this is very close to the beginning. There are some steps further along but that is when you are away from the temple and the main attraction. I would... More
6 August 2018|
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Response from Piggy007 | Reviewed this property |
It is not worth it to come when it's closed. You really need to get inside to really see the gold temple and it is really worth it to see it. It's beautiful.