Kinkakuji Temple

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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

Just stunning....but go and see for yourself. Beautiful temple, well maintained and a very organized tourist attraction. You have to follow a one way path which makes it so much easier because there are loads of tourists. But this is well worth a visit, not just because of the temple, but also because the grounds are beautifully maintained. There is plenty to see here, but be warned, it is a very popular destination for tourists.

5.03 weeks ago

Beautiful temple and grounds!

This wildly popular temple is very pretty with the gold plating. Although our tour of Kyoto would not have been complete with out it, the grounds are very popular with various merchants. It is well worth the trip, but be aware that this is one of the more ‘commercial’ sites. Not that this is entirely bad, you can experience some treats and purchase some nice little souvenirs if you like. The temple itself is very pretty and the pond and gardens around it make it even more impressive. However, when comparing to some of the more grand temples and shrines and majestic sites at the foothills of the mountains, this would not be my first choice if I could only stop at one.

5.0a month ago

Fantastic experience to visit. The pond around the temple creates a perfect reflection. One of the better known temples in Kyoto. I would recommend visiting for not only the temple but the surrounding gardens. However recently it’s getting quite busy though which does change the atmosphere a little.

4.0a week ago

What a beautiful temple! It’s a famous tourism attraction that you should check out if you are in Kyoto. However, this place is super crowded...be ready to just snap a photo and move on to the next spot. There are park staff there to direct you to the trail next to the temple so everyone can keep on moving after taking the photo.

5.02 weeks ago

This temple is one of the most beautiful places to visit. As the shrine is situated in a very deliberate setting where everything is carefully planned to give the most spectacular views. Take the walk through the garden and watch how new views open up to the golden temple and other beautiful settings. During summer the lines are short. Spring and fall is probably more busy. There is reasonable parking right at the entrance.

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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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