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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5.0a week ago
Fantastic experience to visit. The pond around the temple creates a perfect reflection. One of the better known temples in Kyoto. I would recommend visiting for not only the temple but the surrounding gardens. However recently it’s getting quite busy though which does change the atmosphere a little.
5.0a week ago
Well worth the 400 yen entrance fee. Caught it in the afternoon sun, beautiful and not too busy. I've been told it's busier during the day. Closes at 5pm but had no trouble getting in at 4.30pm.
5.04 weeks ago
The garden is stunningly beautiful, "breathtaking" is how I would describe the view from the pond. The location is next to Kyōto's surrounding hills, so the overall scenery is picturesque. Some of the trees sprouted different shades of green leaves, making this late-spring scenery just as worthwhile as it would have been in reddish autumn or colourful early to mid spring.
At the outskirts of the temple area, there are a lot of interesting gift shops and assorted green tea-themed snacks, drinks, and ice cream. The picnic area is quite sizeable too and cozy.
Access is relatively easy, it took about 20 to 30 minutes with train from Kyōto Station, and the continued by bus (204 or 205).
5.02 weeks ago
Very magnificent. Golden- as in covered with gold leaf. Pretty surroundings. Nice place to relax minus the enormous tourists taking pictures. Will get crowded with the non stop inflow of tour buses with fully packed tourists from all over the world. I didn't know what to see before but was overwhlemed by the beauty of the place and the lone standing shining building in the middle of the lake. Super awesome. Have to position yourself in such a way you will not be obstructed by small trees and people lining the lake. Good for families and small children. Some walking but very easy. Just super crowded when i was there. Restrooms are available and also souvenir shops. Parking may be full with the tourist bus and shuttles. Arrive early to avoid the crowd. Enjoy.
5.0a week ago
Another must-see in Kyōto. Shining golden temple amidst a beautiful garden. Was fairly crowded, but not so much that taking a photo is impossible. Gift shops, some food, and you can draw your fortune here - they have English, Korean, and Chinese fortunes for ¥100. Don't miss it!
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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!!