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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 398 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Kinkaku-ji is a beautiful place and the actual pavilion will leave you in awe. The grounds are well maintained and it is a very peaceful place.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Consider other places than this one, it's OK and it's lovely golden color but it's very busy and the gardens are not amazing. The teahouse was a nice break. You do not get close to the dome but there are enough photo opps.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

A must see attraction when you visit in Kyoto. Try to go there in either the Autumn maple leave season or the cherry blossom bloom in Spring. Get to the gate before 9 when the door open and before the tourist bus arrive with the crowd. When the morning sun shine on the golden temple with the reflection on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We were in Osaka for 4 days and decided to make a day trip to Kyoto to visit a friend as well to visit the this place. We took Bus 205 from the bus station in front of the JR station. It's about 35 mins ride. The Kansai pass can be used for the bus ride. We spend about 1... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

one of the prettiest places ever! the building, the setting, the park. the whole place is just gorgeous...a real treat!!

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Even on a cold day, there were throngs of people. I can only imagine the crowd when it is warmer. Yes it is beautiful, but human beings (including me) made it blah. yes it was gorgeous to take photos of etc. Just a one time visit. Enough. Not difficult to get to. There are plenty of buses to get there.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

If you are in the Kyoto area, don’t miss this beautiful pavilion (villa) with top two floors that are completely covered in gold leaf. This Zen Buddhist temple is one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen with a perfect setting with a lake and carefully selected plants in the Japanese garden. If possible at all, come on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I like how this spot is very tourist friendly. Location is not that huge, but thats the good thing. You just go there, take a little walk and found this majestic and elegan temple with its goldie reflection on the lake. Very nice! The only dislike for us is the location that can be reach only by bus. It'll took... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful temple with the reflection on the pond with maple leaves in autumn is totally worth to visit! To be honest, autumn is a popular travel season in Kyoto, so everywhere is crowded. Be prepared to queue for buying tickets etc. However, Kyoto really gave me a good impression even raining ;) Please use your eyes to capture the image... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This is definitely one of the best attractions in Kyoto. The golden temple, directly facing the water, transmits an amazing sensation of peace and also allows to take great pictures. The walk around the temple allows to view it from different angles, as well as to capture the general atmosphere even better! A must see if you are in Kyoto!

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