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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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i was very excited to visit this place really The golden temple. Such an amazing temple. Very well maintained. Better to visit at early morning.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

i was very excited to visit this place really The golden temple. Such an amazing temple. Very well maintained. Better to visit at early morning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This place was stunning with scenery and the gardens. There were also shops and other bits of entertainment within the area. It was a good all round despite being busy. It felt a tranquil place even with so many people there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Kinkaku-ji Temple is quite far from other attractions. Suggest you plan your trip to maximize your time and include other attractions/temples in your itinerary to save time/money. Crowd tends to build up in the late morning and early afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is truly one of the most stunning temples in all Japan! The day we visited there were many school children which took our photo and we took photos of them and their friends for them. The water shows a complete image of the temple. Truly stunning!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We went close to closing time so the crowds were thinning. What a lovely place! This is a must-see for all visitors to Kyoto.The park is about a five to ten minute walk from the nearest bus-stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A beautiful and picturesque temple that's worthy of a visit. One of more beautiful temples I saw in Kyoto.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you go when it's not the tourist season, it's very peaceful and serene. During the summer a green tea ice cream and snack after the tour is very rewarding.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very beautiful environment and different trample from the majority of temples. The Golden pavilion is beautiful, sure sous by water. It is a pity it cannot be visited inside. Beautiful gardens surrounding it. Not to be missed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This was my 2nd visit to Kinkaku-ji, and while much of what I saw was the same as 4 years ago, I still found it a worth a revisit again (despite the heat and the huge number of other visitors). On the trip to this location, our guide recounted the story of how one of the monks grew jealous of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Popular place so very crowded. The place is overestimated and too many visitors are passing by at the same time. Anyway the place is indeed beautiful.

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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 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.