Rokuoin Temple
Rokuoin Temple
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Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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June K
Walnut Creek, CA530 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
The temple is called the Golden Pavilion as it has two floors covered with gold foil on lacquer. There's a tea house, the temple and some other buildings among the wooded, manicured area. An enjoyable place to visit.
Written 22 April 2019
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Dilip P
Vadodara, India686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
It is a very beautiful place to visit with Buddhist temple, surrounded by beautiful gardens and lake. On a clear day you can see clear refelction of the temple in the lake
Written 23 March 2019
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stringey
Liverpool, UK275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
This was an amazing site. The Gold Pavilion is absolutely gorgous. There is a Budda Hall which obviousley contains a Budda. It is Gold foil on lacquer on the upper two lefvels and a shining Phoenix stands on top of the shingled roof. You can go up to the top and see the Phoenix closer. There is lots of tourist but that because its well worth seeing.
Written 5 June 2018
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speninosmith
Seattle, WA384 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
The Golden pavilion and Rokuon-ji Temple are really very beautiful and it is too bad they are ruined by the mobs of tourists. The last time I visited was 15 years ago--in the rain--and it was a memorable experience. of course, there were no hoards of tourists. Last month, I returned. The sun was out and so were literally thousands of tourists josteling for space. With all the wonderful things to see in and around Kyoto, I will never return to the Golden Pavilion--except maybe during a typhoon.
Written 1 May 2018
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Mars1964
Vadnais Heights, MN495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
The Golden Pavillion is a Buddhist hall containing relics of Buddha. You cannot go into the Pavillion.
The site originally a villa and owned by a statesman was acquired by a Shogun of the Muromachi period (14-16 Century) in 1397.
The surrounding gardens and buildings centered on the Golden Pavillion.
Gold foil on lacquer covers the upper two levels.
Written 19 April 2018
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adamtheglobal
United States63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
The Rokuon-Ji Golden Pavillion is one of the most impressive sites in Kyoto - a city full of beautiful attractions. The building is stunning and, yes, it is actually painted with real gold.
Written 24 August 2017
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Lars S
Stockholm, Sweden69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
The Golden Pavilion was very beautiful but you may not visit the Pavilion only look at it at distance. The Garden and the surrounding nature was also very beautiful. We had a nice stroll around the garden and the ponds the only annoying thing was that it was very crowded.
Written 22 July 2015
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JaPhillipa L
New Plymouth, New Zealand237 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Good to see the golden pavilion but way too crowded to really enjoy at all. Go early if you can.We were sandwiched with several hundred people around and it was unpleasant the whole walk through.
Written 12 July 2015
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Whatdathink
Sydney, Australia288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
Rikuon-Ji Temple The Golden Pavilion was a good attraction to see and different from other temples although you do not get to go inside. The surrounding gardens were really lovely and an enjoyable stroll. The gardens are just as impressive as the temple so take your time to look around and let the crowds run ahead of you.

Interestingly the souvenir shops located near the exit were well priced so don't hesitate to purchase from here as you will struggle to find cheaper.
Written 1 May 2015
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GrahamGrape
Canterbury, United Kingdom380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
This is not an old building being rebuilt after it burnt down in the 50's. Still an impressive temple even on a bad weather day and a very popular attraction, overflowing with tourists, local and foreign.
I believe becoming a bit to commercial for it's own good/future.
Written 23 April 2015
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