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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We guide this spot.
3.0in the last week
It's a victim of its own popularity. There's just way too many of us tourists to make it a pleasant experience. Pro tip, go early, or late, when the sun is low on the sky, so that pictures will have a good glimmer. Evening sun reflects of the lake for a nice shimmer as well.
5.02 months 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!
5.0a month ago
Kinkakuji or the Golden Temple (also known as Golden Pavilion) must but the most elegant and beautiful temple in Japan! It has a very simple structure but it is majestic. The temple is very impressive and set on a stunning lake, this golden temple shines.
We went in the morning when the sun was shining and the gold really colour really stands out and it reflects on the water. It is rather serene and a peaceful place, but it got very busy with many, many tourists. There is a Japanese Tea Garden where you can enjoy delicious Japanese Green tea as well as a bell tower you can ring for a small donation.
5.0in the last week
Absolutely worth visiting, but it is incredibly crowded during peak times, peak seasons, and holidays (especially New Years).
Highly recommend visiting. The parking options are somewhat reasonable, but definitely pricey.
The Golden Temple compound has a ¥400 entrance fee. This is a must see if you’re visiting Kyoto.
5.0a month ago
Beautiful and mesmerizing. 110% suggestion to be there if you visit Kyoto. Entrance fee is 400 Yen per person. If you staying around Kyoto station , use bus line number 101 or 205 to reach there. Cost of bus is 230 per person.it is a 35-45 minutes ride and then you can enjoy 30min-1 hour walk around this beautiful place. They also have hot green tea and small piece of Japanese sweet in a small cozy place inside tour tour area. They also have booth to write some charm (talisman) for those desperately in need 😜.
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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!!