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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is small and you just see it from a distance, but the gold shimmers as we visited it in mid afternoon, the sun casting a steady glow, what a wonderful sight... though there is not much else to do than walk around the lake, good for pictures...

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank manalaysaymd
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i heard this temple long time ago!but i was sooooo dispointed!!!very small and very far from the real temple!tooo many people!and full of suvenior shops!!!i can not enjoy Japan culture in this place!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank yuin2020
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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
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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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