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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 #6 of 368 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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

In Kyoto, regardless of where you are, it's going to be hot in July. There is only air conditioning in the gift shop and there is ice cream right next to it (you're welcome.) The gold temple is breathtaking and a must-see. After a while, temples in Japan tend to blend together. However, this one still stands out to me... More

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Tehran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Kinkakuji ( Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Yes the golden pavilion is good to look at, but I felt there are other more inspiring temples to visit. The gardens are very peaceful and blissfully cool during a very hot, humid summer in Kyoto. Prepare yourself for a great many people here as it is a popular spot for bus tours.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It's crowded like most of the other temples and you can't go inside (or even near it). But it's beautiful!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Often used as a picture of Japan... Wish the water was clear to take better picture of golden temple reflection

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Speers Point, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Even an early morning visit couldn't numb the crowd volumes at Kinkaku-ji! But the grounds are large enough to find a quiet corner and take in the atmosphere. Pluses: Great grounds and spectacular views (even on a dull day), polite crowd behaviour, fortune sticks, snacks on-site and easy ride on Bus 205. Negatives: Crowded (but polite)! Make the most of... More

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Lisbon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It is definitely a gorgeous place and a very beautiful temple. One cannot go in, and people might feel there's not much else. Since we rode bikes all the way from the city center, I felt like all the surroundings made the temple much more beautiful.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We got a great time when visiting Kyoto, it was just one day and we got the opportunity to visit the Golden Pavilion, the Nijo Castle, Heian Shrine and few other spots. to me the golden Pavilion was by far the best spot for the pictures, the temple is impressive and the combination of temple + gardens + lake +... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The golden pavillion is my most favorite attraction in kyoto. It serves as the crown at the center of a beautifully landscaped japanese garden. When we went there, the place was packed with tourists. Despite the number of tourists, the place remained serene and magical. The best time to visit the place is during autumn where the weather is neither... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It took about 40 minutes from the Kyoto Bus Terminal to get to Kinkakuji using bus 205, and going through the whole temple only took less than 20 minutes. It was full of visitors when we visited around 11 am and sometimes hard to take pictures because people would unknowingly photobomb it. I would not visit during a Japanese holiday... More

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