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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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One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally...

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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Golden view.

Golden pavilion is truly the star of this place, together with autumn leaves, it's a must for all photographers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Golden pavilion is truly the star of this place, together with autumn leaves, it's a must for all photographers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everyone should visit Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavillion) at least once. In the Spring, the surrounding gardens are beautiful. Be prepared to hike up stone paths. Not wheelchair friendly.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Can be very crowded but it is totally worth it. To have a camera is a must. Also you need to go in a sunny day. October and beginning of November are stunning!

Thank Costin D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must visit, must see if in Kyoto area. It is very popular with tourists and many on our cruise ship doing organised tours spoke of how busy it was and being herded about in their group of 50. We were more fortunate, we left our visit here to late afternoon (last entry at 1700 hours) therefore it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are LOTS of temples in Kyoto but this is one of the more serene ones we have seen. We purchased a 500 yen bus pass for the day as there did not seem to be much JR Rail pass transportation here. The grounds here at this temple are quite lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The sheer sight of the beautifully restored pagoda with its golden light is breathtaking. We took about 50 photos at this place.. Would highly recommend a yellow filter for some dazzling photos. :) .. Also, would recommend going early in the morning to beat the bus loads of crowds and school kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Kinkaku-ji Temple is picture perfect in its setting and its glistening facade is truly striking. The beauty of all architecture in Japan is the way it is set in beautiful gardens with either cherry blossoms or maples that turn a vibrant red in the fall. So each time you visit, depending on the season, your experience is different and... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The reflection of the temple on the lake was an amazing sight. The golden pavilion temple surrounded by the changing red leaves color was a photo perfect image. We advise to reach the temple early as day light hours are short, the sun set at around 4:30pm.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The view of the Golden Temple within the serene pond and surrounding trees with autumn leaves was a sight to behold. The various colours of the leaves (green, yellow, orange red and brown) and the majestic temple was truly a memorable sight. No wonder many of the souvenir items bear this signature view. Exceptionally crowded and very challenging to capture... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

maybe okay to visit on an weekday, or earlier in the morning, but expect lots of crowds if you want a solo photo with the temple in the background. there's a small walk around the temple, but nice photo opps are difficult. The temple itself looks skimpy and somehow plastered. Not much to see except for the golden temple, and... More 

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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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.