Kinkakuji Temple

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World Heritage: Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)4.5

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No other building is so gorgeously covered all over in gold. This is one of many buildings in the precincts but gives the whole location the name of 'Gold Pavilion'. The building is not very big and not the one you can enter, but its glittering figure surrounded by a large serene pond and leafy garden will send you up to heaven.

The original building was erected in 1397 as a retirement villa for a shogun but was later converted into a temple. It has been burnt down many times with the latest case being 1950, when a fanatic trainee monk set it on fire into ashes. The incident was depicted in the novel 'Temple of the Golden Pavilion' by Mishima Yukio. The current pavilion, restored in 1955, uses more gold leaf than ever.

This is in the top five popular sights in Kyoto, so be prepared for the crowds. A visit in early morning or late afternoon is recommended.

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5.03 weeks ago

Simply stunning.
You cannot but gasp at the sight of the Golden Pavilion. It is a pure marvel of beauty and you shouldn’t visit Kyoto without stopping there. It’s very easy to reach it by bus and the entry is 400¥, cheaper than other places. I went there early enough (arrived around 9.30am) and didn’t have to queue at all. Yes, there will be crowds, but everything is managed efficiently and people respect others taking their pictures. The tour of the place is quick, 30 minutes and you are done. There are lots of shops to buy ice-creams and souvenirs. All priced the same and no one forces you to purchase anything.

2.02 months ago

There are more gift shops and ice cream vending machines than buildings worth seeing. This seems to be one of those places that's famous for being famous. Because it's said to be crowded everyone assumes it must be great and goes too. All of the tour buses have to include it on their itinerary too. This creates huge crowds that ruin the atmosphere. Maybe in the low tourist season it's worth seeing, but not in the spring. Choose a place that's 10% less beautiful, but has 80% fewer tourists. You'll have a better time. Entry is Y400.

5.0a week ago

Gorgeous temple and walkable surrounding areas. Went in the middle of the afternoon and it was really crowded. Still, the view of the temple was well worth the visit and the crowds were manageable enough to get a few photos. I'd love to come back another time when there aren't as many people because the grounds were beautiful and it would be great to experience them with a little quieter of an environment.

5.02 months ago

This is really a nice place. The area is wonderful and it just feels you go back in time. The scenery is well preserved and the temple is really nice. A tip make a picture where you see the reflection of the temple i the water. Very nice.

One thing to consider it is really crowded. Very busy and many tourist. But great place absolutely worth your time.

5.02 weeks ago

This place is simply outstanding. I had read in many different guides that the only chance to have a peaceful time here was very early in the morning, but I have to disagree and suggest rainy days. We went on a Sunday and it was perfect. The rain even added an extra level of wonder to the whole complex.

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Wonderful temple !

Wonderful temple !

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Do you want to visit kinkakuji Temple becasue it is gorgeous and photo genic? then I will show you this templeis not only that but it is standing there with a lot of secrets which impress you.Everytime I visit it I will find something n...

Do you want to visit kinkakuji Temple becasue it is gorgeous and photo genic?
then I will show you this templeis not only that but it is standing there with a lot of secrets which impress you.Everytime I visit it I will find something new. Why not go with me?

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Kinkakuji temple is rather exceptional building in Japanese history, built In 1397, and it was lost by an incendiary fire in 1950, and rebuilt in 1955. That is why the building is so shiny and new. There is a secret and unbelievable sto...

Kinkakuji temple is rather exceptional building in Japanese history, built In 1397, and it was lost by an incendiary fire in 1950, and rebuilt in 1955. That is why the building is so shiny and new. There is a secret and unbelievable story about the fire. If you want, I am happy to explain to you the secret story.

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This temple is one of the 17 historic monuments of ancient Kyoto registered as World Heritage Site. It's most famous for its beautiful garden complex. It's an excellent example of the Muromachi period's garden design. Th...

This temple is one of the 17 historic monuments of ancient Kyoto registered as World Heritage Site. It's most famous for its beautiful garden complex.
It's an excellent example of the Muromachi period's garden design.
This period is considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden design.
The harmonies relationship between architecture and land scape were greatly emphasized and celebrated during this period.
In paricular, the sight where the Golden Pavilion is reflected in the pond boasts a breathtaking beauty.
Please visit this beautiful garden complex and feel Japan beauty!!

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