World Heritage: Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)4.5
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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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 38.1km) Google Transit
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4.0a week ago
Nice spot. Well manicured. overly crowded.
I wish that I could enjoy this place more and it is a must go for out-town tourists. I would NOT go there again due to the crowd. There are many great temples and parks around which are less crowded and commercialized. I still enjoyed this place even though it is my second visit.
5.0in the last week
This is a very beautiful golden temple. There are different little tails to look around but of course the main attraction is the golden temple. I have read some reviewers didn't like cause there's not enough benches, it's small and it was a rebuilt temple. There are plenty of benches to sit for a quick rest and I find the size of the area decent. As far as a rebuilt temple I think they did ac pretty good job on it. I really doubt anyone would want to come and look at a burned down temple. Unless there's a really interesting story behind it. It does get busy so best is to go early to beat the crowds and to really get good pictures and selfies of the temple.
1.0a month ago
This is one of the least interesting temples that I visited in Kyoto. The main attraction is a temple building covered in gold leaf. It's not the original, which burned down sometime in the 1950s. There are not building that you can enter or even approach. Basically, you just take a picture of the building from a fence and that's it. If you have limited time in Kyoto, just buy a postcard of this place at a souvenir shop somewhere and spend your time visiting temples that you can actually enter.
2.02 weeks ago
The place is quite small, the only view is the temple.. there are no resting areas to sit and enjoy the view like in other gardens, yes it’s golden coated but that’s it, same as any picture, there are no major explanations or background only a small flyer. It may be nice in spring if there are cherry blossoms. Compared to all the nice things to see in Kyoto, it’s my least favorite... I should have trusted other reviews. Entrance 409 yen
5.02 months ago
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.
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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?
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.Read moreClose
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!!