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 month ago

Not crowded at all! Spectacular! So much detail that pictures can not do justice. So peaceful and the gardens just make for a great time machine. You are taken away from all the stress and worries of the outside world. Of course if it is tourist season it may feel a lot different. Watching tourists fling coins into a put for good luck was awesome.

5.0a month ago

Calm spot, idyllic and delicious in fact. Maybe there ain’t much here but it does possess a certain type of vibe. There are some good coffee shops nearby and it’s a nice area to walk around. I’ve definitely heard this, “maybe you won’t like it here” but it’s pretty cool in my huuuumble opinion

4.0a month ago

One of the most famous spots in Kyoto, the golden temple shimmering in the sun really does not disappoint. From across the pond, from up close, or any angle, it is truly beautiful. Pictures don't do it justice. After paying to enter the garden, though, the temple is the first thing visitors will encounter. This is unfortunate as everything else on the short path through the garden will never impress as much as the temple. Also, many paths are inaccessible and all guests must follow one path. The overall experience is a relatively short one for the price.

4.03 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.

5.03 months ago

Beautiful temple that is truly worth the visit out. You're able to see it from a distance away, so you can get really great pictures because of crowd control. Highly recommend coming here! We really enjoyed it!

Note: Visited prior to Covid, so things may be different.

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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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