Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

Kinkakuji Temple
4.5
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
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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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Mrs.DL
41 contributions
Absolutely beautiful
Mar 2021 • Family
The golden pavilion is stunning. We took the taxi to get here. You pay for the entrance fee and they give you a brochure map. Honestly, the golden pavilion was what we really came for and it was worth it. There were people but it’s not as packed as I thought it would be so we had a good time taking pictures without people background. There were shops inside for souvenirs and another slightly bigger shop before you exit. This place is a definite must see when in Kyoto.
Written 5 April 2021
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Damien H
13 contributions
Golden Pavilion in the snow
Dec 2020
They just finished replacing the gold leaf and did an end of year cleaning so the tea house better known as the Golden Pavilion looks absolutely gorgeous. I was lucky to visit there December 28th. just after it had snowed and the contrast was extraordinary.
Written 10 March 2021
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Kylie M
Melbourne, Australia40 contributions
Beautiful gardens and so serene
Oct 2020
Fantastic visit to the temple, got some great photos. Very tranquil gardens and surrounds even though crowded.
Written 13 January 2021
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Katie L
Surrey44 contributions
Busy but beautiful
Dec 2020 • Couples
It's a very busy temple and you do need to keep moving around but it's worth seeing. Possibly the most beautiful temple I was able to see in Japan
Written 19 December 2020
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Kristin B
Charleston, SC41 contributions
Simply beautiful.
May 2020
The Golden Temple was really beautiful in person. There's a path that you walk around it and through some garden areas. There is a little courtyard with icecream, other snacks and bathrooms which is nice to visit as well.
Written 22 October 2020
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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway558 contributions
A must see in beautiful surroundings
Nov 2019
Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavillion) - where to start! While staying in Kyoto this is an absolute must see and highly reccomended. Allthough it might be a bit crowded it is definitely worth a visit. The temple was originally the villa of Shogun Yoshimitsu (General) and was at his request converted into a Zen temple after his death in 1408. Kinkaku-ji is decorated with gold leaf. Words become superfluous. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my life. The surroundings and the park is beautiful and make sure you have at least 1-2 hours to just stroll around in this amazing area.
Written 8 October 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,926 contributions
Got to beat the Crowds
Oct 2019
Go as early as you possibly can, like Opening time. Planahead as to How to get theer

You'll be pleased you did. It is so worth it
Written 18 September 2020
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BeeLittle
Downers Grove, IL1,621 contributions
Stunning
Nov 2019
Absolutely amazing! I think I took zillion photos from all the angles. And not to mentioned that ever after couple of hours I still could not part from this site. A must see any time of the year!
Written 8 September 2020
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The GeesTravel
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
Must Visit Place in Kyoto
Jan 2020
The most fascinating place we have visited in Kyoto.
Amazed by the beaty of golden castle.
It is must visit place in Kyoto.
There is an entrance fee, but it worth it once you will see the casle.
We are lucky enough to see castle in clear day sky.
Written 25 August 2020
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Misura C
London, UK52 contributions
An highlight of our trip
Sep 2019
Kinkakuji Temple is one of the image you see in books. Seeing it in person has been a tremendous experience. The surrounding park is also very good; I just wished we had more time to explore the surroundings a bit more thoroughly.
Written 20 August 2020
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