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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 #2 of 340 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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Ulsan, Ulsan, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

Loved this place. It seemed so serene and peaceful despite the tourists. There is a small fee to get in, but it is worth the cost. You can't actually go inside the temple, but you can certainly get up close to admire it. Would definitely recommend.

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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

Lovely temple set in beautiful gardens. On a good bus route so easy to get to. Closes around 5pm, so watch the time of arrival. The golden colour makes it different to the other temples.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

I agree with all the reviews that talk about how beautiful the temple is. But be prepared for a very short visit and lots of vendors. The whole visit is 10-15 mins walk around the temple which is located in a beautiful garden. The catch is there is no where to sit. The visit is designed for you to walk... More

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Coventry England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Apart from the number of people you will encounter this is a top priority when visiting Kyoto. If the weather looks to be still and sunny go early to avoid the crowds and capture the reflection of the temple in the lake/pond. There is not a lot here other than the temple but it certainly has a wow factor. Couple... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

While staying in Kyoto for two days we visited a few different temples but the Golden Temple made a big impression. The entree fee isn't much, I can't recall exactly how much but we weren't shocked by it. I think round and about 600yen. It is easy to reach with public transportation (bus). Advice: go and visit it on a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The place is mobbed but what an amazing venue. I loved it and it is so beautiful! Go early to avoid the crowds

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was a highlight of our visit to Kyoto. It is not just the stunning gold building but the reflections in the Lake and the small, beautifully proportioned island's that make it so memorable. Although busy the crowds moved around the site quickly. Don't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Kinkakuji Temple, another World Heritage Site, is a shariden, Buddhist hall containing relics of Buddha. Gold foil on lacquer covers the upper two levels of the temple and a shining phoenix stands on the shingled roof. The entire campus is serene and one must not miss the Sekka-tei Tea House. The tea house was built during Edo period and has... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Wow, what a beautiful temple in gold that shimmers against the green of the trees behind it and reflects in the water below it. Worth seeing but be warned that it's a very busy sight filled with tourists and unfortunately everything that goes with them; ice cream, souvenir and sake stalls make the temple feel less enchanting!

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Manila Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We went to Kinkakuji Temple on a very nice day. The temple was a beauty to look at. Although there were lots of people, the area is very clean. Some Japanese were wearing kimono and I was glad I had tonhave pictures with them with the temple in the background.

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