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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 yesterday via mobile

Another must visit place and it is easily accessible using bus service. Amazing place, nice gardens with facilities. We will revisit again ... Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank adea2013
Reviewed yesterday

This was a beautiful place to visit and I have some amazing pictures, it was VERY busy and it was a little like herded cattle

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fayelouise44
Reviewed 2 days ago

By chance, we went just before it closes, in the autumn, with a drizzle. It was almost transcendental: the blinds on the first level of the temple was just closing up. I suspect that no other light source was allowed during this time, so the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank theabraham
Reviewed 2 days ago

Temple is as good in real life as in pictures. Lovely grounds with a lot to see; lake, trees, flowers. Very nice to visit. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ronin28
Reviewed 2 days ago

Definitely a place that you should visit once if your in Japan. However the temple opens at 8.30 and at 8 there was already a long line of people airing to get in. Not a place to spend a lot of time du to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wanderwolke
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's always full of people and most of them are trying to get the perfect photo. So, to begin with, drop the idea of getting the photo, just try to enjoy to the best of your capabilities and admire this golden temple.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank YonoPino
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were lucky to be there on an autumn day with glorious weather. The crowds are inevitable and one has to be fairly assertive to get access to a good location for a photo. The rest of the grounds are beautiful and there is much...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SamSegar
Reviewed 2 days ago

Such a gorgeous temple - perfectly located on the pond for that reflection photos. One direction around the site so it's easy to navigate and get back to the car park. Just far too many people there for a quiet moment. Had to wait a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Writefully
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful temple and a must-see if in Kyoto. We went around 3/3:30pm in November and the light was fantastic for getting the perfect shot.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 327sunnyr
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took this in as part of the double decker bus tour from Kyoto Station & was very happy to see this. The Golden Temple view across the pond is fantastic and instantly made our tour a success. If you can get to it, go!...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank R N
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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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August 12, 2018|
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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
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Biru S
how to go back to Kyoto Station from Arashiyama? (3 Replies)
so we are planning to visit the Bamboo forest first, then to Tenryuji temple, to Jojakkoji temple, to Togetsukyo Bridge, then the last is Kinkakuji temple? sounds good? if not, would you recommend the easiest/simplest order? we'd like to viist the bamboo forest in the morning though, just imagine the fresh air there ..:) and how do we go back from Arashiyama area to Kyoto Station? do we have to go back to Arashiyama station? Thanks
January 29, 2015|
Response fromShibuyakko|
Kinkakuji is not in Arashiyama. Take the Keifuku Rail (Randen) tram from Arashiyama to Kitano Hakubaicho then bus # 101, 102, 204, or 205 to Kinkakuji-Michi or simply a taxi (~2,200yen.) After Kinkakuji, take the bus or taxi to Kitaoji subway station and then the Karasuma Line to Kyoto Station.
Ben L
Melbourne, Australia
Kyoto in one day! (29 Replies)
Hi all I am planning to go to Kyoto for one night, so I only have one full day to experience the best of Kyoto. In my list so far, are: Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) Kiyomizudera Temple (Pure Water Temple) Fushimi Inari Shrine Sanjusangendo Philosopher's Path Are there any other must-see spots? I've read somewhere to we can get on to a sightseeing tour bus that brings you to the major sightseeing spots for about Y5000. I can't find any other info on this. Does anyone else...More
June 14, 2009|
Response fromBen L|
OK, further research advised that I could do the following: 1. Fushimi Inari Shrine From Kyoto Sta. take the JR Nara line and get off at Inari station. Stop for a quick inari snack. 2. Sanjusangendo Temple From Fushimi-Inari sta. take the Keihan line and stop at the Keihan Shichi-jo sta and walk to the temple. 3. Kiyomizudera Temple Walk to Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae bus station and take bus 100 or 206 and stop at Kiyomizu-michi or Gojozaka bus station and walk up the hill to...More
Sorata A
Osaka-Nara-Kyoto Itinerary feedback (7 Replies)
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March 28, 2014|
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