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Kinkakuji Temple

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Northern Kyoto
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Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-461-0013
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built in...

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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Golden Temple is a Unesco site for a reason

This is your standard temple and one of two that must be visited while in Kyoto. Interesting and one of three sites I visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is your standard temple and one of two that must be visited while in Kyoto. Interesting and one of three sites I visited.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Of all the shrines in Kyoto this was our favorite. Please note there is a fee to see it. We highly recommend going late in the afternoon. As the sun sets, the shrine and the lake are really exquisite. You can get there with a regular buys from the city center. There grounds accessible to visitors are very limited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was one of the best temples we visited in Kyoto. In sunny days the Temple really shines like a star. Very well organized visit route. Warmly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed the walk around this temple - easy to get to & then walk on to the next one or catch a bus. Still managed to get some great autumn colours.

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Kyoto, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Sightseeing at Kyoto = To see KinkakuJi Temple(alias), Unfortunately, It is rebuilt of something burned down by arson in 1955. Still it is building representative of Kitayama culture, designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. About the above burning down, it became famous by Mishima's novel, making it into a movie by Kon Ichikawa(the title is 「Fire」, different original... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went there early in the morning hoping to avoid the crowd but got stuck with a school with what seemed like a hundred kids. The golden pagoda and garden are incredibly beautiful but you only get to walk by one and a half side of it and not as hoped, all around it. Still at 400 yen it's worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Is it wild and extreme? No. But truly an amazing sight! It's very accessible, still within KYOTO city limits and a bus that is clearly labeled will drop you and most likely other tourists right near it. Breathtaking grounds. There's something special about being here. There's shops and a place to rest as well.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I find this one of the least interesting places in Kyoto. Now almost overrun by tourists and not really much to see. The temple always looks false to me and the gardens are not much. You have go once just tick the list and then never go again. Much better places to spend time on even close by IE Ninna... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've visited Kyoto three times and come to Kinkakuji Temple twice, it's the most beautiful Golden Pavilion as ever, because it stand in the middle of the water, no matter how crowded the place is, everyone get to see the picture perfect view, when you show your picture back home, they will envy you how beautiful Japan really is, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went in November - as did half the Globe's population, it seemed - and it's worth the crowds to see this stunning display of Man and Nature, masterfully integrated! The pond and surrounding plantings are inspired (of course). It's not overwhelmingly planted for Fall color, but it's awesome; we'll go back for certain on our next trip to Kyoto!

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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.
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