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Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

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With its top two stories completely coated in pure gold leaf, Kinkaku-ji gleams in the sunlight and reflects off the pond at its edge. This Zen Buddhist temple started as a villa for a powerful statesman in the 14th century, before its conversion to a temple by the family of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. After a high-profile arson in 1950, the temple was rebuilt in its current form with ostentatious gold leaf coating to echo the extravagance of aristocratic culture in Yoshimitsu’s time. Look out for the different historical architectural styles represented by each floor of the temple. Plan to visit Kinkaku-ji and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kyoto attractions using our Kyoto online holiday planner.
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  • I have been to Kyoto twice and still I alwasy come to visit this place! It is magic with just every kind of season, the entry price is not that expensive and is easy to reach with pubblic... 
    I have been to Kyoto twice and still I alwasy come to visit this place! It is magic with just every kind of season, the entry price is not that expensive and is easy to reach with pubblic...  more »
  • Kinkakuji is perhaps the most well-known temple in Japan. The pavilion itself is a three-story structure, the top two floors of which are entirely covered in gold leaf and shimmers in front of a... 
    Kinkakuji is perhaps the most well-known temple in Japan. The pavilion itself is a three-story structure, the top two floors of which are entirely covered in gold leaf and shimmers in front of a...  more »
  • I went here in autumn 2021, got here by using train and bus. You can follow the direction in googlemaps. The photo spot was bustling with tourists so you have to choose your time and timing if you... 
    I went here in autumn 2021, got here by using train and bus. You can follow the direction in googlemaps. The photo spot was bustling with tourists so you have to choose your time and timing if you...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A really beautiful temple! The gold sheet is really bright in the when the sunlight shines on it. I will recommend going in the morning or the afternoon to avoid the crowd! If you're going to the temple, I will also recommend bringing money to buy some souvenirs! Just don't forget that the entrance fee is 400 yen.
  • 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.

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