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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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Spectacular gardens and temples

Would recommend going, great views and very unspoilt. I would recommend going early morning as it will be less busy

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Would recommend going, great views and very unspoilt. I would recommend going early morning as it will be less busy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Kinkaku-ji Temple is indeed gold in color and set on a small “mirror” pond/lake. When there is no wind the pond is still and provides an almost mirror like reflection of the temple. The temple and mid-day reflection are beautiful in July; We have also found the temple to be beautiful in the snow. The temple, garden and teahouse... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is usually the first stop for people visiting Kyoto. While it is well worth the visit, it is one of the busiest temple in the country. So think about the timing of your visit. More importantly, do note that there are about ten other temples at a walking distance and that those will most probably be less busy while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's beautiful, go do the photo and enjoy the park. Shame that you're not allow to get in the golden temple. I finish the whole thing in 30 mins and happy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A definite must-see! It's unbelievably shiny, and golden, and gorgeous! Lovely gardens too. Very touristy, and although you are guided on where to go, you are not pushed along or given a set amount of time for each section. Well worth the crowds!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived late afternoon on a cloudy day. It is a busy place attracting lots of locals and tourist. There are a couple of very good locations for picture taking but you have to be patient. Luckily, the sun came out and presented us with a beautiful sky for a background and a wonderful reflection of the temple in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Japan is an Asian Country similar Culture as Nepal. So many Temples, Very Religious, Respectful People, Very Clean; People keep clean around. They don't wait Government (council) to clean. We did not see any street cleaners while our 2 weeks visit but Very clean, not any dirts on the street as well. we are very impressed. We visited so many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The golden temple and the surrounding gardens are stunning. I can only imagine how lovely it must be during the Autumn leaves. this temple is easily accessible by bus

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The pictures doesn't do justice to what you will actually see, very tranquil place with an amazing gold plated temple and the reflection on the water is really amazing.... the only disadvantage are the hug crowds

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Despite our visit being a very wet day the Temple was an extra ordinary sight overlooking lake set in a large garden ... Remarkable history ... Would be Devine in Spring

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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.