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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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1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
+81 75-461-0013
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful temple and gardens. Was very crowded when we went and the best photos of the golden pavilion are from a distance. It was part of our half day tour and definitely worth visiting when in Kyoto!

Thank E C
Reviewed yesterday

Kinkakuji Temple should not be missed when visiting Kyoto. Beware there are a lot of crowds especially right around the golden temple. There are a lot of snacks around the temple area, the best wagashi I have tried.

Thank travel1232017
Reviewed yesterday

We really enjoyed the temple and its garden. Impressive. Even if it is crowded you must visit this place.

Thank Achref A
Reviewed 2 days ago

Every season is the perfect season to visit the Golden Temple. Despite the crowds, there is a serenity about the place that makes you want to keep coming back. If you're looking to really relax and absorb the atmosphere, the best time to go is...More

Thank Sarah Z
Reviewed 2 days ago

We saw Kinkakuji 15 years ago on my 1st trip to Japan just after they had redone the gold leaf. It was stunning and serene unfortunately my photos from that time were lost due to a computer crash. We wanted to go back (for the...More

Thank Wanderlust63CA
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well worth the UNESCO site designation. Great site for pictures. Very unusual. You can only admire from the other side of the pond. No inside visits.

Thank NathalieWestport
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Cheesy title aside, it truly is a rare amazing sight that should not be missed. Take note that there are at least two different angles to take photos with the golden pavilion in the background. Both are along the route so do take note.

Thank ALYC86
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I've seen very little things in my life as stunning as this one. A true /moment/ of revelation and thoughtfulness about life and a true monument to what beauty is and what it inspires in you. Absolutely beautiful. 10/10 would recommend.

Thank Emily Gramos G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Used a city bus pass to get out there and back. A cloudy day until we got there and then the sun came out to highlight the temple in the sun. Fortunately we were there in January and the crowds were quite lite.

Thank Deac83
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Go! It's beautiful! Go early if you can to beat the crowds. I think it opens at 9am. Lovely garden surrounding the area. From this Temple we went to the Silver Temple (opens at 8.30 I think) and then did the Philosophy walk. We went...More

Thank Christine B
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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Nyssa R
17 April 2017|
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Response from Mee Fung L | Reviewed this property |
No pet allowed in most of the tourist attractions in Kyoto. I saw a few people carry their pet in a bag walking on the street but not in shopping mall, subway or tourist attractions .
8 January 2017|
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Response from krislopresto | Reviewed this property |
Hello! The bike shop gives you a map and you can bike everywhere in Kyoto. There are bike lanes on the sidewalk and street. It's really safe and so much fun.
Mindy K
20 December 2016|
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Response from minikiikii | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! It depends on the amount of time u wish to spend at each attraction. Or any specific places which u plan to stop for meals. The area around the bamboo forest Is quite big, hence depends on how much u wanna cover... More