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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Definite must-see for visitors to Tokyo. The picturesque setting makes it easy to get beautiful pictures. It does get packed during holiday season though, so may be best seen off peak.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Kinkakuji deserves it's place on all the "must see" lists when visiting Kyoto; it's simply breathtaking. We were there in the spring, but it would be beautiful in any season. The Golden Pavilion is reflected beautifully in the pond; photos do not do it justice. Kinkakuji is in northern Kyoto and is accessible via bus but not subway. We elected... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited Kinkakuji in late March 2014, and it was very crowded even on a rainy day. Kinkakuji is a huge area which consists of the main temple (the main structure covered in gold leaf), a number of other secondary structures (prayer's hall, bell tower, souvenir shops etc) and numerous ponds/mini waterfalls. The whole area has a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A definite must-see attraction if visit Kyoto. If you are short on time, this is not a place to miss! The trip there can be considered a bit inconvenient, but if you are not adventurous enough to take a bus it's a short (2000Yen) taxi-drive away from Kitaoji metro station or Arashiyama. You can be guaranteed to be accompanied by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited Kinkaku-ji in mid January. We caught the Raku tourist bus 101 from outside Kyoto Station (enter via back door, pay as you exit at the front door). This Zen Buddhist Temple is surrounded by the kyoko-chi (mirror lake) pond & peaceful gardens which are entirely magnificent even when it's snowing. Each floor of the temple... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful temple - the golden temple. Well worth a visit, however, go early, as it gets very busy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Make sure you grab a cab to reach this one of a kind gem of a temple. It is right on the edge of the city and quite a distance from the other sights etc. Once you get to it however it is a sight to behold! It looks like a huge piece of jewellery sat on an elegant garden... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Very beautiful sight. my 2nd time seeing the temple and i still am awed. It amazes me that the crowd management is still so good that one gets the enjoy the experience. I thing i don't like is a particular type of tourist this place attracts, they have a particular trait of chasing people out of their photographs. hello? i... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

No doubt. This zen style park and its golden ji deserves a visit. But if you only stay a couple of days in Kyoto, you can easily skip it. It takes 25 min of bus ride, and the surrounding area is of little interest. In order to give a sense to your day, I would suggest the travelers to take... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I've been here three times, all three times its been packed to the gills with tourists and I DON'T CARE, its still incredible. Try to come early in the morning when you can, but even if you have to go when its crazy busy its still worth it.

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