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Kinkaku-ji Temple

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Address: 1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-461-0013
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Description: One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built...
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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Zen and Beauty

Beautiful views and ancient history. The temple grounds are absolutely stunning and you can feel the spirituality. A must visit!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views and ancient history. The temple grounds are absolutely stunning and you can feel the spirituality. A must visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The temple was beautiful and the gardens are breathtakingly laid out. You are restricted to walking on a fixed path. From the time you enter until the time you leave, it feels like you are on a conveyor belt. While you can stay as long as you like and you can stop to look at the gardens and take pictures... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We visited about a dozen temples in Kyoto and Kinkaku-ji was our favorite. The gleaming gold will take your breath away. Peaceful stroll of the grounds surrounding the pond.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Went there twice back 2014 and 2011 It's easy to go there from kyoto station The best way to get there is by bus Just follow the lead provided by the station or tourist info at the station In my opinion, it looks better at winter Around january or feb.. The water that sorrounding the castle is frozen the gold... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I really liked the visit there, go to see the Golden Pavilion was on my bucket list and it worth seeing! The garden is pretty. It's a good touristic spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The only reason I give this four instead of five stars is because one cannot visit inside. But the setting of this temple is stunning, and its history is fascinating. There are a couple of pictures of what the inside would look like. What is interesting is how the different levels reflect different architecture: the brown and white palace architecture... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The reflection of the golden temple on the lake it sits on is impressive. Definitely worth a visit whilst in Kyoto. We arrived at 8:50am and there were already 2 coach tours ahead of us so breakfast early if you want a clear shot of the Golden Pavillon. Tip: get there well before 9am to beat the queues

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This temple is amazingly beautiful. When you first see it, you almost can't believe it's real. Later when you look back at your pictures, you will be struck by how gorgeous the temple and setting are. Unfortunately, you cannot go inside the temple. We visited this temple site as part of a guided bus tour in Kyoto. The only negative... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This golden pavillion is definitely worth seeing. It's not easy to reach by metro, but taxi was pretty easy from nearest metrostation. The area is fulled with small shops, which can be easily avoided. Excellent place to take selfies in Kyoto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

One of the most picturesques temples in Kyoto. You can't enter the Gold building but you can take great pictures with the lake in front. It's convenient to go earlier as the temple has lots of visitors.

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Address: 1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-461-0013
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Northern Kyoto
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Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.