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Kinkakuji Temple

1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-461-0013
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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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  • Average9%
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1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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Reviewed today

This is one of my favorite sites in Kyoto, since you can get some great photos with this golden covered building in the background. It's in the middle of a park-like setting and there are multiple great angles. You can't get inside, but there are...More

Thank LuxeFamilyFun
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Reviewed today via mobile

The temple itself is nice. Weve seen in our trip over 30 temples and shrines and this gold piece of art definitally stands out. However it is also a tourist trap. You can only walk around a little bit and you will have to do...More

Thank jeroenvandervelden
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A truly beautiful Golden Temple in a peaceful lake. Worth the visit. Easily reached by bus from the city.

Thank Arvinder B
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Reviewed yesterday

We went there as part of our day tour in Kyoto. I should say that we didnt need much time in the area because there's nothing else to see beside the temple itself. I imagine that it would be a much greater place to take...More

Thank fr4nc1sc4
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Awesome site to see while in Kyoto - don’t pass it up! If we’re lucky to visit on a sunny day the refection on the water is gorgeous.

Thank Carol K
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went here on a gorgeous blue sky sunny day, which made the temple just light up in all the right ways. Even when feeling signs of “temple tired” in Kyoto, this is special! There’s also a great little coffee shop around the corner at...More

Thank Kara D
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Kinkakuji Temple, beautiful but over rated. There was not much to see but the "golden temple". We spent only brief time here as the gardens were small and crowds overwhelmingly annoying with selfie sticks and tripods.

Thank tattooedyogini
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Kinkakuji temple or Golden Pavilion as it is known is one of the most picturesque buildings I have seen. It is also the most crowded place I have ever been. It is lucky that Japanese people are so polite or it would be a...More

Thank andream0402
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful place to explore and see how beautiful the palace is. But should have a locker for luggage for tourists would be nice.

Thank puttachadnim
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived by bus about 9:30 AM and was already crowded. ( Bus ride from Kyoto station was also extremely crowded). With patience, we were able to take some photos of the temple with its reflection in the water. ( you will not see this...More

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Nearby
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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imurphy2017
June 12, 2018|
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Response from Rupesh D | Reviewed this property |
No, but agree on go early-try to be there by 9
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Vicki J
April 2, 2018|
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Response from AsiaSDaew | Reviewed this property |
Visit inside this particular building is not permitted.
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