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Kinkakuji Temple

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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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1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-461-0013
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Reviewed today

We came here on a private tour 30th of Oct '18 around midday, hx of this temple is very interesting, gardens are lovely and it's certainly unique given it's coated in real gold leaf. It was veryyyyy busy when we went, we found out throughout...More

Thank sam_wise_0404
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stunning building, stunning grounds, I can see why this is number 1 thing to do ! No faults whatsoever ever. It’s 3 stops on the bus from the station and it’s a flat fair per person, no change given, 230 yen per person. You can...More

Thank Oceanus_x
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice setting for the pictures but this place is constantly crowded, even right after the opening. I’m always surprised how little time I spend here every visit. All in all, less than 30min. The loud tourists, the constant crowd and the traffic officers leading you...More

Thank AnnaHorizenith
Reviewed yesterday

We visited on a beautiful sunny day which made the experience more amazing. The sun reflecting from the golden temple was breathtaking, sadly because its such a holy place the temple itself is not open to the public. That does not detract from the amazing...More

Thank Brian T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fantastic... I need to add more words for a review... Fantastic fantastic and fantastic In November the Autumn colours are stunning

Thank D8694SGmichaelh
Reviewed yesterday

We were there by a sunny day. the pics are great it is a must in Kyoto but keep in mind that you will pay a fee just to make a loop with a lot lot of tourists

Thank ghorbelma
Reviewed 2 days ago

There will be many tourists, but I think maybe if you get there early before the crowd you'll love it. Not just the Golden Pavilion is there, the whole grounds are nice.

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Kinkakuji temple is a place not to miss in Kyoto. The sun came out at the perfect time to get a great photo.Everyone follows a set path around the grounds . It is quite uneven and take a walking stick if you have one. It...More

Thank J298BXheatherc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A beautiful temple made even more stunning in a surrounding of trees, allowing for nice photos. Can get a little crowded but everyone is respectful in allowing others photo opportunities.

Thank perfect_spy
Reviewed 3 days ago

impressive temple, we visited it late in the afternoon, and it was glowing with golden lights. it was a really impressive view for us and you cannot go wrong in spending some time in this place

Thank br_juanda
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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
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October 22, 2018|
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Response from amitabham2018 | Reviewed this property |
You may keep in a bag with you, no problem.
August 23, 2018|
Response from Maxime F | Reviewed this property |
Kyoto is not located by the sea. You must take a bus from the dock to Kyoto city. It's easy to go to Kinkaku ji from the Kyoto station (bus 205). It takes around 45 minutes, it dépends on the traffic. I wish your agios trip... More
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Response from CoupleabroadUK | Reviewed this property |
As far as I can remember there are no steps to view the temple as this is very close to the beginning. There are some steps further along but that is when you are away from the temple and the main attraction. I would... More