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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
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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beautiful and serene

golden pavillion is set amidst a landscape garden and ponds.beautiful scenary and ideal for photographs

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golden pavillion is set amidst a landscape garden and ponds.beautiful scenary and ideal for photographs

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The Golden temple is among the must see attractions in Kyoto of course! In spite of the cloudy/rainy weather the place remained incredibly beautiful! Just a tip: try to be there at the opening or before they close the gate otherwise it is full of tourists and it's way less nicer to queue instead of just seizing the magic of... More 

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The golden temple of Kinkakuji is not to be missed when in Japan.Altough this is a major attraction in Japan and is very crowded,it still is worth while visiting

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Corinella, Australia
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If you are doing a guided tour expect to be rushed through the mass of tourists. It was so crowded we could scarcely get a decent photo and being on such a strict time frame didn't make it easy. On hindsight, I would do it independently and spend time enjoying the grounds and sights.

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Don't miss this major Kyoto tourist attraction.Well worth a visit. I would recommend going on a sunny day as the temple truly sparkles! Nearby Ryoan-ji is also worth a visit.Very nice and peaceful looking.

Thank Pumpui S
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A very beautiful and romantic temple covered in gold leaves in the middle of a lake. You can see reflections of temple and trees in clear lake.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This temple is lovely but you would be hard pressed to see it because of the huge crowds. Everyone is trying take photos with themselves either with selfie sticks or cameras. This is to be expected because, even on a cloudy overcast day, the gilded temple is striking. Maybe someone has suggestions on how to avoid seeing it when crowded.... More 

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Windsor, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is so beautiful. The gold just sparkles in the sunlight. It's always busy because it's a place to go. If you can go when it's less people, you can just take in the view. We went when it was too many and it was difficult to get photos. I noticed this time, they had staff to guide you to... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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We visited this temple as part of a Viator one day tour. It was very busy as it was Sukura time (cherry blossom). We felt rather rushed on this visit and would have liked more time. The facilities were fine and the access was good.

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The temple was majestic. Seeing it from a far and imagining how the people lives there in the past is amazing. Not really fond of a super crowded place.

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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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