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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5.0a week ago

This temple sits majestically in its beautiful park surroundings. It was breathtaking and an absolute must when in Kyoto. It is very busy and packed with tourists, but everyone is very good at taking their photos and moving on. I got so many stunning photos. The grounds were immaculate and despite all the people it still had a peaceful feeling. Just loved it!

4.0in the last week

A beautiful gold plated 'summer house' surrounded by peaceful gardens. There is a short and simple walk that takes visitors around the house and past a series of small stalls selling tourist items, tokens, and traditional foods. Be aware that even when visiting early, before 10:00 on a weekday, the crowds can be heavy. Entrance fee is about 400 yen.

2.02 weeks ago

The temple is beautiful.

Why not my recommendation :
1. 400¥ to get in while most temples are free.
2. Way too crowded for a small place.
3. Not worth the money, time and effort you put to get here for literally spending less than 30 minutes.
4. Bus service is not consistent. If you have a JR pass, the buses are not free unless you find the exact one.
(JR bus doesn't run from Kyoto Station).
5. Getting to the temple from Kyoto station is confusing and Japan tourism app is not reliable.
6. You are not allowed to go into the temple. Unless you are a VIP.
7. Apart from the temple itself, that can only be viewed from a far, there is nothing else to see at this place.

If you are a seasoned traveller or have travelled in your own country, you would have seen a similar temple. It's beautiful, but I have seen more magnificent temple and architectural places in Japan and other places.

5.0in the last week

Place is beautiful. Really top 3 of must visit in Kyoto. Will be packed with tourists all wanting to get a good snap. Visit in a decent weather day as the water being calm on the lakes will make the photo reflections even better.

5.0a month ago

Without doubt for me this is the most iconic, most beautiful temple in Japan! The golden walls are shining in the sunlight which makes it look great in any season! Since its beauty is known all over the world it can be a little crowded sometimes but I still liked it and if you’re coming all the way to Japan from overseas it’s a place not to be missed!

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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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