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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

I love the place even though many people say it's only a temple. We went at sunset and it was surprisingly not as crazy crowded as I thought but it was still packed with tourists. The temple looks amazing from so many angles!!! Wear a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank IsaiahK44
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited here before we went to the monkey park. Decided to throw caution to the wind and got a taxi from Kyoto 2600.yen. This is a tranquil place where you can take your time walking round and admiring Japanese architecture. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Survived321
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On advice from travel guides, we visited in the late afternoon and we were suitable impressed with the glow the building gave us in the winter light. Crowd numbers were low, so we were all able to take some great photos and admire the grounds...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LisaBouw
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I went to the kinkakuji temple with my family. There were a lot of people and so crowded, but the building was so nice!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Excursion805875
Reviewed 4 days ago

Amazing sight take your time and combine it with other temples in the same area. Go early to avoid the crowd and don’t go on weekends.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Richards_remarks
Reviewed 4 days ago

Sooooo picturesque!!!! Love our visit ..... don't miss the Golden Pavillion if in Kyoto. Lots of visitors but able to get great photos across the water to the temple

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Monica R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was an amazing place to experience some interesting Japanese history. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. It’s a decent bus ride to the golden temple but well worth the ride and the cost to enter.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank I3581JNdylanm
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went late afternoon on a cloudy day. We arrived just before closing. By chance, the clouds parted and what we saw was simple stunning. The gold reflecting off this temple was incredible. For a brief moment you forgot about the hordes of people there....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JodHami
Reviewed 6 days ago

Go early in the morning, very early, or you will suffer. Very crowded in the afternoon, but worth the trip !

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank petercro
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is very much what you see in all the pictures. It's a beautiful gold temple. The grounds are very small and not great. Very touristy. If you do want to see this and get the famous picture, go on a sunny day or...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Y4589OTandrewg
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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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December 23, 2018|
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Response from LucDevroye | Reviewed this property |
I was in both places a week ago. Kiyomizu is under construction but the views outside are nice nevertheless. It is much grander than Kinkakuji, where it's all about one small temple. So I recommend Kiyomizu. Luc
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 maximefigarol | 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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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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