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Kinkaku-ji Temple

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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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One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built in...

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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The Golden Temple!

What can you say about this spectacularly beautiful temple and grounds that has not already been said? This Temple is really breathtaking. On a clear day it glows. A must visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What can you say about this spectacularly beautiful temple and grounds that has not already been said? This Temple is really breathtaking. On a clear day it glows. A must visit in Kyoto.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of reviwers have complained of crowds and being touristy, but that's not really the case. It was busy but orderly and well set out for picture taking and walking. Crowds to be expected but nothing like many sites of ths caliber and there were a few sovenier places but were tastefully done and no loud hawkers or people bugging... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must see the Golden Pavillion and the gardens around it. They say it looks different during different seasons. I was there for Autumn. Will return to see it in winter.

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Brookville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This really is one of the must-see's in the Kyoto area. It was my first time in Japan, on a business trip, and several colleagues recommended this. I am very glad they did. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the temple just gleamed in the sunshine. The grounds are meticulously kept. I am a big fan of Japanese gardens... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived a little later for this temple and were joined by many tour groups. There are people directing traffic to give everyone a good chance for good photos of the Temple. Do not expect a peaceful visit even during off season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this temple when we visited Kyoto last month. It is awesome really, despite of the cold winter, it didnt stop us to walk around it. Perfect, just like the so many pictures you saw, it is as beautiful in real. No filter needed, i wish i could see in with some snow covered it, but next time. Another reason... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Also known as "The Gold Pavilion." Located in a carefully manicured Japanese garden setting, it's something any visitor to Kyoto must visit at least once. It's beautiful and unique, and there are lots of different angles to take great photos with various foregrounds. Too bad it's so crowded (most of the time), but that's what happens to notable sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well worth batting crowds to see, the Golden pavillion lives up to the hype. An incredible structure , leafed in gold. But what lies behind the main area, should not be missed. Coin tosses into prayer bowls. Wonderful Omamori Very pretty gardens Nice shops and places to grab a snack. You will need a few hours here, more if crowded.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Kinkaku-ji was beautiful but there were just too many people when I visited, but thankfully the site had fences to keep people out that could have damaged the temple. The temple looked serene and well-kept, it was also autumn so the leaves were in different colors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just visited the temple few hours ago and i remembered vividly that the moment i paid for the entrance fee and walk down the pathway towards the golden pavilion, the first word that came out of my mouth was "WOW".The security guard laughed and smiled at me. Under the afternoon sunlight, the pavilion was really a sight to behold. The... More 

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.