Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Elaine C
    Burke, Virginia42 contributions
    Beautiful - Easy Walk
    A beautiful view of buildings and grounds. It's a mostly flat, easy walk with a few stairs here and there. One of the most crowded places I visited in Japan, so go early. Bus required to reach it, or a 40 minute walk from closest JR train station. Paid entry and takes about an hour to enjoy.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 23 February 2023
  • Allison L
    Riverdale Park, Maryland9 contributions
    Stunning
    I woke up early on my last day in Kyoto to take the bus to this temple. It’s hard not to get temple fatigue while in Kyoto, but this one was stunning. It was on a larger and more secluded space than many other temples and was absolutely stunning. The view over the pond was absolutely worth the trip. You cannot go inside, but this did not damper the experience at all. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk the whole trail, including a top notch matcha soft serve at the end. Definitely recommend during a visit to Kyoto.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Elizabeth R
    Short Hills, New Jersey15 contributions
    Just as beautiful, if not more, in Person!
    If you love photography, try to come early morning or late afternoon so you can get the perfect sunlight. Otherwise, enjoy this beautiful Golden Temple on a beautiful property perfect for a nice stroll. The property has a one way pedestrian traffic so, once you've made the loop, you are done. It was a lovely place and all tourists seemed very considerate of photo ops.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 9 March 2023
  • Catalina Busch
    Atlanta, Georgia30 contributions
    Beautiful temple!
    The temple is beautiful and very impressive. If you need to choose between the Golden Pavilion (this one) and the Silver Pavilion, be aware you don’t get inside either, and if you’re more into nature and gardens, the Silver Pavilion’s gardens are more impressive. Nevertheless, the Golden Pavilion’s building is a lot prettier.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Bobby San
    Manila, Philippines6 contributions
    Golden Pavilion
    It was raining when we visited the golden pavilion yesterday but the place is still crowded with tourists. I can't imagine the crowd during dry day here! The pathway is well marked and only one way traffic, that means you can't go on the opposite direction.
    Written 23 March 2023
  • elzny
    New York City, New York104 contributions
    Stunning gold temple on the water.
    Beautiful photo op spot. Must see in Kyoto. Be prepared for crowds though. Tons of people line up to take photos. The garden is nice but everyone is pretty much drawn to the temple only.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Chris L
    Markham, Canada579 contributions
    The golden temple
    Beautiful golden temple. I thought you could go up to it or in it but you can only admire from outside. The garden area is beautiful. Went on a weekday afternoon and it wasn't as busy as some of the other Kyoto sites. Everyone was very orderly in lining up to take their photos (I love that about Japan). We didn't do this, but I think a tour to give you the history and significance of the building would give you more appreciation of the temple.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2023
  • bcaha
    1,581 contributions
    Beautiful
    The gold really stands out in my mind upon our return from Japan. Very different from the other temples we visited during our trip. Glad we got to see it. We took a taxi to and from Kinkakuji and it was easy to get a taxi in the nearby lot after our visit. We also made sure to arrive shortly before it opened for the day.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Sivan M
    Dallas, Texas476 contributions
    Scenic Walk
    The place isn’t really much of a ‘temple’ but definitely a beautiful place to take photos and see the cultural side if Japan. There’s a lot places to not eat / drink / take photos so be mindful of signs when walking by. There’s a lot of resting areas and vending machines so if you forgot your water you will be fine. The sights are beautiful but you won’t find spending too much time here. Bring good walking shoes!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 April 2023
  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
    Beautiful
    Follow the set route and enjoy the views. Even though it's always crowded you'll have the opportunity to take great photos. I went there on a Tuesday morning and it wasn't too bad. It was quite pleasant and enjoyable.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 April 2023
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA1,931 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) of Kyoto is a Zen Temple. The top floor of the pavilion covered in real gold leaf glistens in the sunlight. You cannot actually go into the pavilion. The complex has a beautiful pond making the area wonderful for relaxation, meditation, and to reflect on the beauty of nature. Couple of areas are not really for throwing coins to make wishes. Groundkeeper relented and placed some vessels out because western visitors keep throwing coins.
Written 19 February 2024
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Phil H
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing temple with beautiful gardens. A lot of people there restricted to one walking track (one way) . Tourists taking an endless number of selfies meant jostling for a spot to take a photograph. would have been nice to have a quiet place to sit and absorb the beauty.
Written 17 February 2024
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Melinda P
Yorba Linda, CA554 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Took a half day tour of several shrines and loved the beauty of this one! A nice walk to see it with some shopping and food options around it. Peaceful and quiet!
Written 17 February 2024
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JDM CAR RENTAL JAPAN
Kyoto, Japan2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Touring Kyoto on a HONDA s660 was really active and awesome! The rental car was a Japanese Kei car that cannot be rented overseas, so it was a valuable experience and I was able to enjoy my trip based on books.
Written 24 January 2024
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Linda
Hanc, France238 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We hired a guide to show us this beautiful Temple. It is covered in gold leaf and glistens in the sun. The reflection on the lake was stunning.
The entrance ticket is on Japanese paper so a keepsake. Also you can buy bottles of Sake with goldflakes in.

Written 13 January 2024
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William M
Manila, Philippines51 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
The place is very serene especially when it is less crowded. The reflection of the golden temple reflects beautifully in the pond surrounding it. The temple grounds can be walked around and it is huge. The fee is ¥500 for adults.
Written 8 January 2024
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missjojo2018
Sydney, Australia91 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We had a great time walking around the temple grounds. The highlight is the Kinkakuji temple. We took lots of photos as we walked around the temple.
Written 5 January 2024
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Dylan B
3 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
A must see if you are in Japan as the Golden temple has few equals in terms of awe value.
Definitely one of my favorite pieces of Japan right in Kyoto. You can either take a bus, taxi, or train.
Written 5 January 2024
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T D
Philadelphia, PA3,348 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beautiful Golden Temple! Entrance fee is 500 Yen. Parking was 400 Yen. The Park has a nice walk around the Temple. The Temple is small - compared to others, but it’s unique. We went during afternoon hours and the sun reflected on it beautifully.
Written 26 December 2023
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,360 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Kinkaku-ji is beautiful. Of that, there is no doubt. It is a victim of its own success and packed most of the day, though. Still, there is nothing quite like that moment when you see the Golden Pavilion for yourself in person for the first time...or fifth time in my case.

The grounds and gardens are nice, and the actual temple buildings are everything you'd expect.

I don't especially like the fact that they make you walk around the whole thing before you leave (I get why, but as someone with arthritis in my knee, I find the steps challenging), I also don't like the shops at the top...they take away from the experience, in my opinion.
Written 22 December 2023
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