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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 373 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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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Kinkaku-ji is a place so wonderful, bright and extraordinary, that it's hard to tell about. In the past I saw many pictures of Kinkaku-ji, but it's not the same! I recommend to go to Kinkaku-ji and enjoy this beautiful place. Great!

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

It surely is a beautiful golden temple and the pond and woods around it make it pretty impressive. As our first temple in Kyoto, we liked it a lot. But after having seen many more, I did not find find it that impressive anymore other than the golden pavillion. For example the grounds of Ninnaji temple are far more impressive.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The golden temple is quite unique and it's incredible since it's made out of gold. There is also a small shrine across a bridge which is quite nice too. Tourists shops and food stores nearby were also great. Kiknakuji is definitely one of the icons of Kyoto - so don't miss it!

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It took me 2 hours to find their way to this place. an ancient temple located in a very nice, clean atmosphere makes us incredibly relaxing. Buddhist temples in Japan have a different architecture is quite unique. howerver quite tiring but the scenery makes us excited.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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 Very impressive.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We took a taxi here from Kyoto Station, the cost about ¥2600. We were very lucky, arriving about 3.25pm, crowds were reasonable, price was ¥400, the hours are 9am - 5pm. The sun was hitting the Pavilion at just the right time. There is a large area to take photos from and the angles mean that there are no other... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The temple is beautiful for sure and photographs very well. It's also one of the most iconic images of Japan, so don't miss it while in Kyoto. It's very touristy and the visit is pretty short (you basically just push through the others and take pictures) and you don't go inside. It's not really a place for serene meditation like... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The best thing about Japan is their definition of tourist attractions being "busy" is that they get no where near as "busy" as their European counterparts! We visited during peak time on a weekend and there was still plenty of room to walk through the gardens, take plenty of uninterrupted photos of the Pavillion and take in the spirit of... More

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was lovely. I loved the grounds and the temple was great. I was getting a little templed out by the time we left. Way to hot and humid.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

If you go to Kyoto it's a must to visit the different temples, but if you aren't plenty of time you would need to select some of them. I spent one complety day in Kyoto and it was not enough to see everything, but I got a really good idea of the city. It is was a chance that Kinkaku-ji... More

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