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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

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

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Unfortunately we can't get inside of the temple, but the surroundings, the landscape, its gardens are just amazing... go for a stroll enjoy the view and peace within

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank RicardoM155
Reviewed yesterday

the sun was coming down slowly and made the color of the temple beautiful. It is best to go later in the year because the vegetation was a bit scarce

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Curiosity748091
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank danielhG8008XF
Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank U F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice view with traditional japan culture. Beautiful place with many instagramable view, really enjoy this vacation in this place

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lovely_jogja
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ndakwar
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank timcW78KW
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was quite a long bus trip and is definitely worth going to see but not a lot else besides the golden pavilion. You also can't get very close to see and you also can't see inside.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank timtamalam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: March 2019
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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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9 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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