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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, but super crowded

Everybody wants to see this place - and therefore you pay the price.....Hard to find some rest to just appreciate the view - simply too many people are pumped through the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Very well maintained and clean. The famed golden pavilion can only be seen from afar so we don't really know what is inside. But it looks majestic on the outside and makes a good photograph background. The only problem is that every other visitor will be jostling for the same best spot and you basically only have a few seconds... More 

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Everybody wants to see this place - and therefore you pay the price.....Hard to find some rest to just appreciate the view - simply too many people are pumped through the place. But its still worth it - the temple at this little lake is stunningly beautiful

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

You have to be careful not to mix up your Kinkaku with your Ginkaku in Kyoto - that's the difference between gold and silver! We went straight for gold as our first place to visit in this ancient city. The Golden Pavilion is the star of the show and it is very beautiful, but with that beauty come crowds of... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

the place is very crowded, specially weekends, do not come hear to seek peace and tranquility, however the building coated in gold is still impressive. and the gardens surrounding are worth a visit. it is also a nice bike ride to hear from train station.

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Sedona, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The only reason this isn't a 5 star attraction for me is that I am just so put off by the amount of vendors selling items inside the grounds of the temples and shrines that it spoils it for me. Too much commercialism distracts from the beauty and peacefulness. I would support higher admission fees and get rid of the... More 

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New Milton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

With so many temples and shrines to see, if you don't have too much time, make sure you include this one. Beautiful buildings and lovely grounds. Just be careful you don't find yourself at the exit before you are ready. The natural walking round route leads you there, but it is worth backtracking a little and having a more relaxed... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit if you want to see expansive gardens, pretty lakes and great architecture. I'm not certain I'd go back again if I returned to Kyoto, but definitely glad I went to see it all the same. The Golden Pavilion is definitely a highlight, in very good condition (as with many temples and buildings, it was burned down a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This is one of the "don't miss" sites in Kyoto, and it is indeed impressive. But I found more satisfying the places that were not so crowded.

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Salem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Really nice temple with a nice garden. Great photo spot. One would be lucky if its not crowded when visiting.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

What a sight for sore eyes. This building has to be one of the most stunning buildings in the world especially on a sunny day. The sites gets busy so get there early. After visting the building take the walsk up the hill and get a great view of the structure. Awesome.

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