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Kinkaku-ji Temple

Address: 1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan
Phone Number: +81 75-461-0013
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Ranked #4 of 385 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

Visited Kyoto in October 2014. Took the circular city bus by buying the one day bus pass for 500yen. It's worth it. The kinkaku-ji temple is superb. Can be very crowded. Especially in a clear sunny day, the Golden roof shines. Best time will be around noon, but can be crowded. Must visit. Also plenty of shops selling souvenirs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Of the temples and shrines that we saw while in Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji was our favourite. The gardens are beautifully kept, the Golden Pavilion was magical and although it was crowded, we managed to take our time walking the path through the grounds. Loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

I really liked it!!... It's a beautiful temple with a small pond in front. For sure it's one of the Tokyo's highlights.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

We arrived at Kinkaku-ji with our toddler in a pram via bus 205 from the JR Enmachi station. It wasn't easy to navigate the pram through the crowds and steps that went through the temple grounds. We had to carry our child and the pram up and down the steps just to get to the exit but it was worth... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

In northern Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji is a sight not to be missed. The Golden Pavilion is probably the most stunning and admired site in Kyoto. It is situated in a garden surrounded by a lake. The shadow of the pavilion reflects in the calm water creating a very picturesque sight. It is undoubtedly one of the most... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I saw a number of temples and shrines in Kyoto and this one was by far the most impressive, especially when the red maple trees are changing colour. Spectacular view of the Golden Pavilion over the water with great reflections. Truly exceptional.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Amazingly beautiful. You have to see it, as it is difficult to explain it. Kyoto has a lot to offer, make sure you visit the Ginkaku-ji Temple (silver) as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We visited Kinkaku-ji Temple as part of our Wendy Wu Discover Japan tour and would have liked to spend more time there. As others have said, it is an incredibly popular attraction and there were thousands of visitors and hundreds of school groups there when we visited, as well as dozens of coaches. Whilst the crowds made it difficult to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I couldn't beleive my eyes when I first saw the golden pavilion, it doesn't seem real! It was beyond beautiful and at only 400 yen its a bargain! However there is more than just the golden pavilion beyond the entrance gates, there are other beauties such as waterfalls an old tea house and shrines! It's a must, it's like no... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Oh my, such a beautiful place. The Golden Pavilion itself it's really a treasure. What caught my attention is the reflexion it does on the lake that surrounds it. The gardens near by are also really pretty. Definitely worth a visit!!! Don't miss it while in Kyoto.

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