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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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This golden pavilion is a number one sightseeing spot in Kyoto for a reason. Be awestruck by the gold leaf wrapped shrine. It’s a buddist temple and the walk and grounds can be done easily in an hour while soaking in the sites. It’s a...More
It’s a must-do if you’re in Kyoto and have a penchant for computer screensavers, but be prepared for crowds. We visited on a cold day before cherry blossom season (shouldn’t have been that crowded) and we had to wait a bit to take the famous...More
On the edge of Kyoto but it's easy to get to by bus. This was originally the home of a retired Samurai and became a temple later after his death. It literally took my breath away at first sight. It is such a beautiful building...More
The temple is a little bit far from the city so you have to take a bus go get there.
The temple is located in a beautiful garden surrounded by a lake.
It's better to visit it in a sunny day so you can see...More
It is a beautiful temple with the perfect setting by the lake, nice to walk around and to take great pictures, but that is all you can do. The fee is quite high for what you actually get to see or do, but it is...More
This is a beautiful Temple, but is overrun with tourists and money changers. Though the interior of the Golden Pavilion is a dedicated temple, the grounds and surrounding tourism Orin it if dignity and quiet. In the future I would arrive first thing in the...More
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.