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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From Kyoto bus Station, we took the city bus to Kinkakuji Temple (金阁寺) or better known as the Golden Pagoda. Japan is full of temples and shrines. But this one looks a bit unique. The top two floors are completely covered with gold leaves. It is a Zen temple. Here you can take some mirror image of the temple as it was built on a pond. Visitors are not allowed to enter the golden pagoda. The temple’s garden is not very big. There are few other spots of interest including the Anmintaku Pond which is said to never dry up with some statues in it. Visitors often throw coins to seek for good luck and fortune. The Kinkakuji temple is a popular destination for tourists to take pictures. Many visitors come here to seek for good health and prosperity. It is also listed as a Unesco World Heritage. Entrance fee is ¥400.

Date of experience: December 2019
1  Thank HPLIM
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place was overcrowded with tourists. Our guide told us about the history of the temple and how one of its patron had infact once burnt it down out of jealousy. It seemed all people wanted to take away from this place was an instagram photo and the crowd was quite distracting. Suggest go in the early morning time ; on a sunny day to see the gold reflection and preferably in blossom season.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Disha C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous, breath taking to see in real life. Not crowed due to it being January, plenty of good photo opportunities, wishing wells, say a prayer, light a stick of insensé, eat an ice cream on your way out and buy a trinket if you please.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Kellie M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a stunning temple plated in gold.
Although worth visiting any time, I would suggest on a sunny day when the cherry blossom is in full bloom it would be extra spectacular.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The photos you see don’t do it justice. In real life with the sun reflecting off the gold leaf is truly beautiful. The ‘photo spot’ is really crowded but with a bit of patience you will have your turn at the front without others in the photo. There is something a little magical with this temple sitting on the water. Walk around the trail for the great garden surrounding this place. Worth coming to.

Date of experience: November 2019
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