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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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Beautiful temple and grounds

I had been here once before when living in Japan and loved it so much that, during a recent family trip to Tokyo, I ensured a day was put aside to visit Kyoto and Kinkaku-ji... read more

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

I had been here once before when living in Japan and loved it so much that, during a recent family trip to Tokyo, I ensured a day was put aside to visit Kyoto and Kinkaku-ji. There are a couple of transport options to reach the temple from Kyoto station but we settled on the bus. You can get an all-day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I was ready not to like this temple -- too gaudy, too many crowds of people -- but how wrong I was. It is breathtaking, sitting on a lake amidst little islets of rock and pine. The gardens are lovely and a delight to walk through. The tea house is a little underwhelming... OK, so there are a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

There's a route that guides the tourist through, so it takes max 30 minutes to see even if you're liberal with photo taking. This temple isn't particularly large but it's just very well designed through and through, from the moment you pay the admissions to when you leave after the souvenir shop. It also isn't a typical temple because it's... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Have only seen a few temples but this one is outstanding. Worth the trip to Kyoto and the bus ride. Really beautiful building in a pleasant garden setting.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful temple. Small and crowded so give yourself only a brief period to visit it and move on but definitely has to be seen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

This golden pavilion was very beautiful. Glistening in the sun and creating the most amazing gold shimmer on the lake in front. Didn't stay long as the crowds spoilt the experience. Still a must see in Kyoto. My favourite temple by far. Very easy to get to on city buses. We caught a bus taking you from Gion corner all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We were excited to visit this place and didn't dissapoint.there were a lot of students that day so it was difficult to take pics without anyone in it. We enjoyed the walk around temple ground and there were some shops at the end. bought a box of traditional Kyoto dessert there which was very good. We only spent about an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Came at 4:57pm, 3 minutes before closing and lucky to get to see a great view of the main temple. Sun slanted to add more glitter the the already gold temple, the lake was as still as stone as there's no breeze and mandarin duck swimming which duplicate the blue sky and white clouds onto it creating a most picturesque... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I was really excited about coming here, maybe it was my timing or some other factor but it was heaving with tourists rudely jostling and pushing past one another, it was difficult to even look at the temple without someone getting in the way, screaming in your ear or snapping selfies in front of you kind of destroying the whole... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Its a nice place to visit. One of the hot spot in Kyoto. 1 think good about Kyoto, it is not hard to use bus to travel around, You can buy the daily ticket and visit around without worrying about bus fee. Thing you might need to know before visiting this place if you are expecting to take photo 1.... More 

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