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Kinkakuji Temple

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Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-461-0013
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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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Stunning Golden Pavilion

Entered at the 9 AM opening to reduce the impact of the crowds. A beautiful, 3 story, gold leaf covered structure with a path that allows you to see it from several perspectives... read more

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Entered at the 9 AM opening to reduce the impact of the crowds. A beautiful, 3 story, gold leaf covered structure with a path that allows you to see it from several perspectives. The temple is reflected in the water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This famous golden building is a must for your visit in Kyoto - but do try to reach here as it is opening - half an hour later, the tour buses start coming in and the queues and crowd become distracting. While it's a unique experience, the only thing to do here is to 'ooh and aah' over the golden... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A villa was built here in the late 14th Century by a statesman. It was purchased by a shogun who then built his own villa and, in his will, commanded his son turn it into a temple. It survived a fire in the 17th Century but then was burned to the ground by a mentally ill novice monk in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place for autumn leaves appreciation and picture taking. Better visit in early morning to avoid the crowd.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was an easy bus ride to this temple, aka the golden pavilion. There were so many people there that it was a little difficult to appreciate the temple's beauty. It is a lovely golden colour, set in nice gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Tip: put headphones on and chill out as you soak in the magnificence of this place. This is no escape from bus loads of tour groups and selfie sticks. But you can find your bit of serenity if you make the effort. The golden pavilion is magic. But don't forget the gardens. So beautiful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto and I had seen the photos so put it at the top of my list of things to see. It took a 40 or 50 minute bus ride from my hostel in the Gion area to get there and the crowds were quite large. It is a very attractive temple... More 

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Visited the kinakuji temple in February and it is a must visit when in Kyoto. Temple has a very serene setting. Be sure to have a knowledgable guide with you as they will be able to explain various interesting facts about the temple and grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to Kinkakuji or "the Golden Pavillion" twice now and enjoyed seeing it both times. It's one of those amazing things that pictures just don't do any justice. I strongly recommend visiting it if you visit Kyoto. It's a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the must sees in Kyoto, although we were surprised how closely it sits with the jumble that is Kyoto.

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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.