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Kinkaku-ji Temple

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Address: 1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-461-0013
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Description: One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built...
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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Daisukina tokoro! Subarashii!! One of the most beautiful attractions in the world. Every penny you spend is worth it. Relaxing soothing environment.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Daisukina tokoro! Subarashii!! One of the most beautiful attractions in the world. Every penny you spend is worth it. Relaxing soothing environment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful temple! Clear water in the pond! Enjoy our day trip there !you won't regret after travel 45mins by local bus from kyoto town to this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

If there is a signature shrine in kyoto, this is the one. The landscape surrounding this temple is simply beautiful. It is easily accessible and beautiful to stroll around the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was really good but is just an outdoor thing - you cannot go inside which makes it kind of interesting

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The Zen temple Kinkakuji ( meaning the Golden Pavilion) is a spectacular sign from across the edge of a pond. To be able to visit it just about a month after the temple visit by the Indian Prime Minister with the Japanese Premier was a sense of fortune. The golden pavilion reminds one of the Sikh's Golden Temple in Amritsar,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We were told we must see the "Gold temple"... Truly stunning place to visit. We caught a taxi to and from the temple as it was out a bit.. Quite a few people there but everyone seems to spread out and make it pleasant. Nice stores towards the end to buy authentic gifts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Zen gardens, architecture, bonzai trees complete with amazing Koi fish. If you are so blessed as I, you might even get some sunshine that just makes the whole temple glisten.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful temples in Japan is also one of the busiest. The garden surroundings are tranquil and have their own quiet beauty. Great to see many young Japanese people wearing traditional dress. Suggest going early or late in the day for fewer crowd numbers and the serene soft light of the temple gold leaf reflecting in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We went to the golden pavilion temple it was amazing. We also had some nice matcha and desert in the temple. Wonderful experience !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Really worth a visit if you're in Kyoto it was pretty easy to get to via train and bus, if you are using public transport I'd advise to to get a unlimited day ticket for subway and bus. There should b posters around advertising them,their like 600 yen each for adults. You'll be there for like half an hour, so... More 

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