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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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  • Average9%
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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

This is a great place - temple covered in gold plate with wonderful gardens surrounding. It is however it is extremely busy during the typical tourist periods (generally from about 10am to mid afternoon). So word of advise - get there early or late afternoon...More

Thank Smartty74
Reviewed yesterday

Majestic temple when viewed from afar. We went slap bang in the middle of school excursions, Chinese Golden Week AND on a rainy day. So needless to say, we had to jostle for a view of the temple amidst a sea of umbrellas and tourists...More

Thank tevoro
Reviewed yesterday

This is a spectacular site! Were were herded into a viewing area that stands adjacent a small lake with the Golden Pavilion situated on the far shore. We forgot about the mass of people due to the breath-taking site before us. The area is meticulously...More

Thank PatrickW-8-9-0
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This temple is located in the middle of a beautiful garden area with a lake. The views are great. When we were there it was not possible to enter the temple. There was kind of a parcours where the tourists were led through. This place...More

Thank Mick1803
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's very beautiful.. Unfortunately there were a lot of school children there. By a lot I mean A LOT. I suggest bringing your camera. You can purchase green tea and a small treat there for around 500yen each.

Thank Amy L
Reviewed 2 days ago

You can't go inside so you just enjoy the serene lake and temple from afar, with crowds talking and selfies. Advised to arrive early to avoid that. Fortunately entrance fee is not expensive. But aside from the lake and temple, there's not much to see...More

Thank yuricrona
Reviewed 2 days ago

When in Kyoto, take the bus and plan a visit. When there's sun, you must be able to make amazing pics .

Thank Arthur_Hoogeveen
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took a cab to the temple as it’s a little bit further out of the way from central Kyoto. This Temple set up was the most organised one we went to. The minute you walk in you are mesmerised by the majesty of the...More

Thank Dandyman80
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This might have been the most crowded temple we visited in Japan! You had to squeeze through tons of people to get a good pic in front the temple. It's an amazing sight with the reflection on the pond! A beautiful garden all around. A...More

Thank Sheri K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Pretty golden shrine with beautiful lake surrounding it. There is an entry fee. Can get very crowded around the edges of the lake as everyone was trying to take photos. Nice short walk after for 15-20mins. Several areas to sit. Souvenir shops in various places....More

Thank Maliha C
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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8 October 2017|
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Response from Dutchy7667 | Reviewed this property |
It's about 8 or 9 km between the 2 locations, Gold and Silver temples. It's flat all the way, no hills at all, however I would get the 101 bus between the 2 temples. This bus and the 100 and 102 route just about cover 80% of... More
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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.