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

This is a really special place. Even though is very touristic and sometimes there's too many people, it manages to remain special and to convey calm and peace.
Beautiful surroundings, stunning temple. You can't get very close to it, but it is easy to take a round and see it from all angles.
Take your camera with you and spend time taking pictures after observing very well the scenery. There are many details and nuances that are wonderful to discover.
It's worthy a visit, don't rush it. Enjoy it.

5.03 weeks ago

I came here on a late autumn day, the weather was cold but it was wonderful to experience the beautiful scenery here. The rows of trees with brown, yellow, red colors of maple leaves interspersed with the golden pagoda located in the middle of the lake. calm blue water, you can't believe that the camera and phone can't capture the beauty of the real scenery we see. It's like a movie or an art picture. Walking here Breathing fresh air and sightseeing is an unforgettable experience. If you come here, please wear soft shoes so that when walking, your feet will be less painful and tired. You will enjoy it.

5.0a month ago

The temple is very beautiful and one of the places that is worth visiting if you are traveling to Kyoto. It's best to arrive early in the morning to avoid the queues. This temple can be reached by taking the Kyoto city bus. Inside the temple complex we will find beautiful typically Japanese gardens. The area around the temple is also very exotic to explore by walk.

5.0a month ago

Very nice place to visit during the winter. Admission is cheap, and the history of the place is wonderful and available to read from signs through the pavilion area with both English and Japanese language on the signs. The place is also great for family visits, it can be crowded during the summer, but it’s better to come in the winter because of the colder weather and the smaller crowds. Highly recommend this place for people who like history.

4.03 months 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.

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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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