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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 372 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous as the other famous destinations in Kyoto. Kinkaku-ji is worth visiting by any chance. The beauty does not only lie in the temple itself, but also the surrounding garden. Remember to buy some souvenirs!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Pictures and guide books do not do justice to this delightful and traditional scene. Set in beautiful grounds but only a short distance from busy Kyoto streets Kinkaku-ji is highly recommended as a destination for anyone with some time in Kyoto. Don't expect solitude as there will likely be large crowds accompanying you on your visit however plenty of opportunity... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The visitors are many to this site yet I can see why it is crowded and most popular! The gold temple with the lake in the foreground is stunning. Don't miss it!

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It is hard to imagine that only a few steps separate the modern city street, where I got off "Raku Bus" # 101, from the beauty and serenity of Kinkaku and the Rokuon-ji Temple complex. After passing through the gates, the first glimpse of the shimmering Golden Pavilion is across the carefully tended pond, the gleaming building reflecting in the... More

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Jakarta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I visited on summer 2013. It was very hot, but still we were amazed. It was so beautiful....so calm and relaxing. We had to walk to see the garden. There were stalls selling ice cream and drinks right outside the gate. It can be reached easily by bus, so go there and feel the beauty....

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Utsunomiya, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite spots in Kyoto. It is restored and the gold leaf shines in the sun, Worth seeing for sure if you come to Kyoto

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Ferlach, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

this temple is probably the most famous in Kyoto and a precious piece of history but you actually only go there for that one picture in front of it, not more. all the rest is kinda boring but go and see it yourself

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

So beautiful. I am the kind of person that, if I've seen it in a picture, I don't see the point of seeing it in person, but I'm so glad I did in this case. You really have to go to take in the full impact of it's beauty and the zen waters surrounding it. The tickets alone were so... More

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Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This temple was awesome! We went during the typhoon so the overcast sky was amazing for photos. Although it started to rain sideways just as we got there and lots of flooding it was still worth it. The entrance fee wasn't much, can't remember exactly but well worth it. The area had a lot of tourists but you could just... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I went there because it's one of the famous attractions in Kyoto. The kinkaku-ji is nice however, the walk is actually short. The place was crowded tho. I don't know other places but in Kinkaku-ji, u cannot use monopod, tripod etc. It's too crowded that I don't think I can take pictures nicely. Don't forget to try the matcha tea... More

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