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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 372 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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london
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The pavillion is lovely but it is small and very busy. There isn't much else there and it's a bit of a treck out - not much else to aee except the usual souvenirs, food and small temple! It was nice but I'm not sure i would urge anyone to go - we found that with a lot of the... More

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Nairn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Here in kyoto there is the true spirit of Japan: the very impressive Golden Pavilion, a must of your visit in this region. It's a pity because of the crowd, but the view of the lake that reflects the golden temple is priceless.

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

If you're in Kyoto you'd be remiss if you didn't take an hour or two to go see the gold temple. Nothing amazing but it was cool to see in person. It's well maintained and VERY gold.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Its is a symbol of Japan. The history, the beauty, the serenity and simply stunning place. From Japan Guide: Kinkakuji can be accessed from Kyoto Station by direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 230 yen. Alternatively, it can be faster and more reliable to take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station (15 minutes,... More

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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the temple after a short rain so we weren't able to experience the full reflective experience of the view. That said this Temple is visually stunning. The edge of the pond was very crowded with tourists trying to get a great shot of the temple. There were lots of tourists, including tour groups so the walk around the... More

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Aix-en-Provence, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The golden temple under the sun sure is an unforgettable view, the gardens are beautiful, it's a must-see if you have a few days in Kyoto, but as someone who stayed in Kyoto for several weeks there are a lot of temples way better than Kinkaku-ji and where you can actually enjoy your visit and take your time to appreciate... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The golden temple, overlooking the lake, was stunning. Although not the original building, it still has a mystic to it. Wander the grounds as well for a peaceful couple of hours.

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

There is actually not that much to see beside the temple, but it by itself is worth it. It is just beautiful in its golden glory

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

One of the most stunning landmarks I have ever seen. An absolute must see- if you do nothing else in Kyoto but go to this temple, it would be worthwhile.

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Kanazawa, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

As beautiful as the temple is, the only thing that makes it spectacular is the fact that it's gold. I feel like people wouldn't rate it as much had it just been any other temple. I was also amused that this temple isn't in Kanazawa (Ishikawa prefecture) seeing as 99% of Japan's gold leaf is produced there, so it seems... More

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