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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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This is a place to see - a special all gold temple set on a lake. However - your life will be the same if you miss it. No entrance inti the temple. I suspect Fall and Winter are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Although the temple itself is beautiful and set in a really nice scenery, the masses of people take away from the magic. That and besides the temple itself, its all gift shops so the whole experience could be over in ten minutes. I'm really not sure how this place has such good reviews.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is a place to see - a special all gold temple set on a lake. However - your life will be the same if you miss it. No entrance inti the temple. I suspect Fall and Winter are probably the best times to see it.

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Pattaya, Chon Buri, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A half-hour bus ride from Kyoto Station, the iconic Kinkaku-ji Temple is set in serene, manicured gardens in the north-west of Kyoto. Unfortunately the day we went there. it rained steadily and the mobs of umbrella-weilding tourists made it awkward because the vantage points are somewhat limited, however the temple itself is quite a sight, set on a picturesque lake.... More 

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Constanta, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Super experience with this temple . Fantastic position on the lake and between hils . Many visitors there , super garden arround , shopping souvenir area , sake with gold bubbles inside - exotic drinks , all in in recomanded for visiting .

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malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It is one of the top attraction in Kyoto, and do expect tonnes of tourists wondering around the temple to get a better view of the temple. We ere there during the wrong hour, the raining day, so, other than tourist, we have to survive the umbrella from piercing our eyes. But overall, we manged to snap some photos that... More 

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Pearl City, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

It was CROWDED!!!! had to just shuffle along with the crowd. The day we went it was raining so the temple itself was just pretty, I am sure in the sun it is georgous.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I have visited Kyoto 3 times, and every time I must visit this place. It's shining gold color ... away, connected from us with its beautiful pond, always call my heart, even like when I am writing this review. To get its beautiful view, be sure to come early in the morning. The morning light also enrich its colour. The... More 

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Lossiemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This temple was by far my favourite in Kyoto, it had lovely gardens and the temple itself is amazing when you see it's bright gold colour for the first time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This spot is iconic in Japan... But there are two major things that bummed me out about it. One, the temple was completely rebuilt in the 1950s (as a result of arson) and the BIG one- It's SO OUT OF THE WAY!!!! Like, seriously a pain to get to. And of the day I spent in NW Kyoto this was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and quiet temple!! This gold temple is so beautiful and make sure to capture the reflection on the pond in front!! This was my third visit and once it was early November with all the trees turning yellow, orange and red. It was so beautiful an peaceful place to go. Yes, like many other famous place in Kyoto it... More 

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