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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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 38.1km) Google Transit

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4.02 weeks ago

Garnering mixed reviews from our family, the focus of this site is the “Golden Temple,” nestled a decent distance into the temple complex on a very structured walkway. The shrine is definitely “golden” (see every picture posted from every review on here). It’s different from the standard Zen temples - definitely a bit garish but not unsightly. The path around the complex winds around multiple building and views. Take heed, there is no bathroom by the temple so your children will have to “peepee dance” all the way back the the beginning if they feel nature’s call along the way.

4.05 months ago

The golden pavilion is truly a sight to behold. One can be mesmerized by its beauty in any season, I guess. But I got a chance to see it in winter. Had a wonderful time visiting it before 2020 transitions to 2021.

3.03 months ago

Kinkakuji means Golden Pavilion and the top two floors are covered with golden leaves. It is a zen temple which was built at the corner of a large pond. It is very famous tourism attraction in Kyoto, Japan. Maybe you won't like it because it ain't much to see/ to do in this place. You cannot see what's inside the temple but you can see it from a distance.

5.09 months ago

Great temple to visit in Kyoto. It is covered in gold leaf; very pretty to look at. A lot of tourists visit each year so be sure to choose the right time. If you do, it is really peaceful.

5.09 months ago

Easy to get here by bus. Easy to follow the pathway and not requiring much time to visit. With the gold temple being contrast with the clear blue sky, it really looks grand and stunny.
FYI, we love the ice cream there - its shop is located in front of the temple.

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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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