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Kinkaku-ji Temple

1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan
+81 75-461-0013
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Ranked #5 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
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Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built in 1397 as a residence for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The structure was... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place. Absolute beauty! Wouldn't hesitate to go back in a second. Cherry blossoms and koi. A++!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It was very beautiful as temples go but I wish we had been able to see more of the inside. There was only a very small sign that had pictures of the inside of the temple that was easily missed.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Our visit to this golden temple exceeded our expectations in every sense. From many different vantage points around the pond fronting the temple, one can view the temple from various perspectives. All of the different areas around the pond provided a great photo opportunity of the temple. Landscaping is awesome. Each tree and shrub is meticulously trimmed. One can sit... More

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Lincolnshire, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We visited Kinkaku-ji Temple at the height of the cherry blossom season and the double cherry blossoms were glorious. The weather was great with deep blue sky, the Golden Pavilion was bright and gorgeous, the cherry blossoms bright pink and the water was deep blue. I can't think of a more beautiful setting.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Another brilliant place.. The highlight was of course the Golden Pavilion that looks so amazing, and even more amazing when the sun crept out and it shone and radiate so brightly. Pictures turn out to be very beautiful, postcard worthy! Downside was the crowd! It was so crowded, but with a little patience, you may still be able to get... More

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This temple is truly captivating. Everyone's eye will surely be captivated by the beauty of the Golden Pavillion. It's already beautiful in Summer, how much more if it's Cherry Blossom period or Autumn. I would definitely go back to this place.

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I thought it's going to be one of those overrated tourist magnets but it turned out to be a very good place. The gold leaf-plated temple is mesmerizing, but other than that, not many things to do here in the complex. There are some gift shops too near the exit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The main building is really beautiful but since it's a replica I'm not as impressed by it as by Sanjusangendo, Byodoin or Horyuji. Not much else to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

An absolute 'must see' while in Kyoto. The first reveal of the temple and its reflection in the water took my breath away, despite the fact that I had already seen pictures of it. The temple is about a 30 minute bus ride from Kyoto station, but well worth the trip. There are a number of tourist-style shops and little... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Fabulous to see. Breathtakingly beautiful. The #1 tourist sight in Kyoto I think and well worth the visit. Go early to avoid the crowds. It's gorgeous.

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