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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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Our favorite temple in Kyoto

We visited several of the temples in Kyoto, and this was our favorite. A lovely sight with beautiful gardens.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We visited several of the temples in Kyoto, and this was our favorite. A lovely sight with beautiful gardens.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gardens and lake with golden temple in the middle. A must see when in Kyoto. Take lots of pictures

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Maybe my expectations were too high, after all this is perhaps the top attraction i Kyoto. Yes it is beatiful and lies in beatiful surroundings, but you can not enter, just see it from the outside. And it is crowded. There are other temples in Kyoto I prefer to this. But you have to see it ofcourse.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is a nice temple located far from train and underground stations. You can get there with taxi or bus. The temple is crowded with hordes of tourists most of them come with rented buses. You cannot visit inside temple because of to many people i think. Main attraction of this temple is golden color which is beloved by Chinese... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

In Kyoto you can sometimes feel a little bit "templed out", we felt a bit like that before we got to kinkaku-ji temple but this temple is different and we really enjoyed the visit. The temple itself is a very pretty gold building on a lake, we couldn't go inside but it is beautiful to look at and the grounds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you are limited on what you have time to see, don't miss this one. Nothing to dislike. It's beautiful. You can't go in it, but the view of the lake and structure are lovely. The bus from Kyoto station was easy and no changing busses.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

While not my personal favorite (the temple is not original), the view is quite striking and should not be missed. Be ready for crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Yes, it gets crowded but it's bearable. It absolutely beautiful and you'd be foolish to avoid it on a trip to Kyoto. There are plenty of opportunities to take photos without people in the shot, and there's a tea garden where you can enjoy a cup of matcha while enjoying the peace and quiet away from the crowds. The tea... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It's gorgeous in autumn, but there must have been 30 busloads of school children and it was so overcrowded we could not wait to leave

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Address: Address: 1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-461-0013
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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