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Kinkakuji Temple

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Northern Kyoto
As featured in 3 Days in Kyoto and 6 other guides
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Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-461-0013
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built in...

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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Best place in Kyoto for me!

Loved it, on a sunny day this was magical. I don't care that it's not too old (just over 50 years), to me it was a perfect golden gem. Even the hordes of tourists could not spoil... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved it, on a sunny day this was magical. I don't care that it's not too old (just over 50 years), to me it was a perfect golden gem. Even the hordes of tourists could not spoil it for me.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A temple that cannot miss in your trip !!! amazing area and perfect for a wee walk , also for pictures !!!

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We saw this temple in the winter and it was snowing a lot. Very beautiful temple for pictures. It isn't a very large place, great for taking quick pictures. The temple is mainly the only attraction and would recommend seeing it quickly. It's close to ryoanji rock garden so I would recommend doing both (take the bus - do not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Pictures tell more than words - it's so beautiful to have a look on a partly snow covered temple. It was my third visit with business partners from Kyoto, the other ones were in summertime. But this one was definitely the best, sun and snow - wow.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing Temple ........ Enjoy when the first come to the entrance gate ........ Then surrounding by many tree and garden ........ Don't forget to try the gold ocha

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Kinkakuji or Golden Pavilion is amazing and this was our second visit. We were very early in the morning and already the crowds were streaming in. The gardens are stunning and we were hoping for plenty of autumn colours -not to be, but still wonderful to see. Last time we saw it in blossom time. A must see in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pictures say a lot more than I could about this beautyful place. I was there in late november when the leafs turn red and yellow, and the place looks like a magic. Well yes, it's verry verry crounded (but it's not just a case that this temple is soo popular) but it's still a must when you are in Kyoto.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be prepared to be in a conga line of package tour trippers, on the single path around the pond. It may be iconic but there are so many better experiences in Kyoto.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a little out of the way to get to, but definitely worth it. We went during the week so there weren't as many tourists there, but it was a beautiful sunny day and the building glowed. My favourite of all the temples we visited in Japan, worth going just for the photo opportunity

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although there are plenty of tourists but the caretakers and staffs made the visit easy with their orderly directions. It is truly magnificent to see it in a sunny day with the sunlights reflect that gold exterior. The entire place is beautiful and can't help being captivated by its presence.

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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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 district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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