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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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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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A peaceful place in a beautiful city

We traveled to Kinkaku-ji renting a bike in a local renting service, riding without problems in a bike-reserved path, parked simply and safe just outside the kinkaku-ji park... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We traveled to Kinkaku-ji renting a bike in a local renting service, riding without problems in a bike-reserved path, parked simply and safe just outside the kinkaku-ji park.. just like @ home! The temple is someting that simply you must see, almost once in a life.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The views are very beautyfull but there where just to much people so you had to wait ti take photos. I didn't like that there where so much wish wells to throw money at. 1 or 2 is ok but i saw like 5 or 6. Anyway if you are at Kyoto don't miss it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

How to get there? Getting to the temple is quite easy. You have many options both public and private. We were staying close to the Kyoto station. There is a direct bus (almost every 10min) which we took from the Kyoto station and it takes ~45m to reach the destination. You can buy a daily pass which comes for 1000¥... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The temple building is beautiful and standing in the pond. It is a perfect match of temple, garden and surrounding nature, i.e. woods, sky and everything.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The bldg. looks nice in gold and you can so many other small bldgs. It requires some walking .. organization is nice you cant miss any attraction,, However its a little boring..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This historical gem offered different inspirations to the Japanese novelists and writers. The temple, however, is quite far away from the Kyoto JR Station. When you walk through the garden, then you see a lake in the middle with the beautiful golden temple. The first time I visited the Kinkajuji Temple was a hot summer in 2011. Loved it, despite... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Brilliant scenery, alot of tourists but it's worth the money to see some local history. Different seasons will have different scenery but it snowed a little overnight so the scenery was a little different.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited the temple on 15.1.2017, on a Sunday. Not sure if this was the busiest day of the week to visit but there was massive crowds!!! We shuffled along on-masse for at least an hour and a half with no option to turn around once we were caught up on the path with shoulder to shoulder people. Allow extra time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this temple is beautiful, especially on a sunny day, just around 4 pm with the sun hitting its gilded walls. it is very popular with tourists and so I find the best time to visit is about an hour and a half before closing as visitors will be starting to leave and crowds get smaller. Go during the week if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You walk though the park and then you see a tiny lake with the golden temple. The garden consists of typical japanese trees and flowers.At the end of the path you will find souvenir shops inside of old tempels.

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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.
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