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Kinkakuji Temple

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

Keep in mind that is one of "must see" points while in Kyoto so expect crowds, but if you go there during a working week, it shouldn't be that difficult to see the place properly and to take nice photographs.

Thank Tatjana K
Reviewed today via mobile

Beautiful house and garden but omg so crowded! We were here on monday afternoon. Maybe it's better to go in the morning.

Thank DianaVredeveld
Reviewed yesterday

Unfortunately our day trip to Kyoto was very rainy so it was difficult to really enjoy the beauty of the grounds and hard to see the golden pavilion blocked by numerous umbrellas. It was also very crowded so hard to imagine the serenity of the...More

Thank Sue M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Both the temple and the gardens are lovely, but be aware that you will feel like a small fish being swept along in an enormous school. They do a good job of trying to move the crowd along in an orderly way so everyone can...More

Thank dawn117
Reviewed yesterday

Japan has many temples, but this one really does take your breath away. Be prepared for lots of visitors!!

Thank Aimma A
Reviewed yesterday

We visited the Golden Pavilion on a weekend, 4pm on a Saturday, not realising that this is Japan's No1 tourist attraction we have since been told. So that was a big mistake, it was just one slow moving mass of people, very difficult to stop,...More

Thank lovetheunexpected
Reviewed yesterday

No trip to Kyoto is complete without visiting the Kinkakuji Temple which houses the Golden Pavilion. The lake and the garden in the background makes it a perfect shot to capture. Its always crowded with locals and tourist alike.

Thank mgprabhu
Reviewed yesterday

way too many tourists, tourist groups and school group there. Very overcrowded! not as nice as expected. Worth go to visit I guess.

Thank Gary Y
Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved this place in spite of being crowded with tourists .... I definitely feel visiting it early morning would be a good idea ... has lovely gardens too ...

Thank Anita A
Reviewed 2 days ago

A great sight to behold, the golden pavilion. Definitely one of the must visit area in Kyoto! We reached there around mid-afternoon & were lucky that it wasn't that crowded with people :)

Thank aska215
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
What are the pet restrictions for the major attractions in Kyoto?
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 .
Great advice on biking in Kyoto. How does one obtain map of attractions to visit on bike? Thanks for your help.
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
Hi All, Planned to visit the following places within a day. Do you think it's possible ? From Osaka - Kyoto 1. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 2. Kinkakuji 3. Gion 4. Inari
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