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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5.03 weeks ago

Probably the most well-known and most beautiful temple to visit. When you're here you can imagine this being true. The structure and all surrounding nature is very well maintained. The temple is well balanced to its surroundings and therefor stands our very good. Be sure to visit this when it's not that crowded since a lot of people can be present. Certainly worth its visit.

5.0a week ago

Definitely a beautiful place to visit. The grounds were just breathtaking but it's definitely too crowded in August. I'd recommend visiting this are before or after August, but a definite must!

5.0a week ago

The building itself is obviously outstanding. But smaller than thought and very crowded to almost any given time. So in my opinion the real treasure is the garden surrounding the building: every plant and stone looks like it was put at its place by hand - because they were! The design of the whole area is amazing

5.0in the last week

Beautiful, serene. A nice stroll but I would not recommend going in the summer months because the heat can make the experience hard to enjoy. Beautiful temple with real gold, sparkles against the mountains

2.02 weeks ago

The entrance is 400 yen. Once inside you enter a flood of tourist all desperately trying to take a decent picture of the place.
In off-season the place is definitely a must-see, with the magnificent palace and the garden that would still be worth the visit without the temple (and the five stars I would have given it) . Otherwise, do not be ashamed to skip it and go in less known temples, travelling is not always about visiting each and every landmark in you travel guide 😉.

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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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