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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a beautiful Buddhist Temple that is the most photographed building in Kyoto. Great winding paths around a huge property make for a nice leisurely walk and minor hike. There are a few food and drink vendors around for refreshments . You can’t go...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well that is all. You can’t visit the temple itself. Nice gardens. You can also take bus from this temple to Ginkakuji temple.

Thank Umash
Reviewed yesterday

Although the golden facade of Kinkakuji is very unique, and especially beautiful clad in snow on a quiet winter morning, it is usually too packed with tourists to provide the kind of zen beauty that you see in pictures. It is also somewhat out of...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went in the late afternoon since we knew the temple closes early. Since there are crowds of people it's a bit harder to take pictures

Thank Michatravelling
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoy the picturesque Temple. It is iconic and worth seeing. However the paths are shorter than they used to be.

Thank weitzclan
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went here during a 3 day stay in Kyoto and while it is worth the visit, it was a low point for me, it was a very orchestrated route around the temple, tour buses descending all the time in waves. There’s an initial spot...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

A well-kept Temple and worth the visit. All were respectful and polite, even the loads of school-kids making a visit.

Thank profginsburg
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A beautiful temple with a nice garden. A lot of tourists though, arrive here early to avoid crowds..

Thank Randersson10
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Should be seen with the sun as the structure will shine. However we were there on a cloudy day and still was beautiful.

Thank Paolo P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Known as 'the Golden Temple'. It's a nice one. Much better that the 'Silver Temple' and it is cheaper. Worth the visit.

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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
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12 August 2018|
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Response from CoupleabroadUK | Reviewed this property |
As far as I can remember there are no steps to view the temple as this is very close to the beginning. There are some steps further along but that is when you are away from the temple and the main attraction. I would... More
6 August 2018|
Response from Ayako I | Reviewed this property |
You may see something from outside of the temple after closing their gate. Event though we have to pay some money, watching the gold temple from inside makes you wonderful experience. I hope you can find some morning time... More
13 June 2018|
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