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Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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. Kinkaku-ji is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • Nothing can prepare you for the moment you turn at the lake and see the Temple for the first time. The Gold sparkles in the sunshine, look at the reflections on the water, almost mirror images !! The ...  read more »
  • Very beautiful and well worth the trip. I'd recommend going as early as possible as the heat was unforgiving and it gets very busy. Not too difficult to get to if you use the bus service and its fairl...  read more »
  • The place is beautiful, but in the summer season (including vacation and holiday) is extremely crowded and hot. Upon entering is pretty quiet, but the first part you can see the Pavilion has a lot of people and I thought it was a little disorganized, couldn't take a picture right or to try to stay calm with the landscape, there was always someone very near the point of stumbling. Nominate go on a time of year that is more peaceful, with lower temperatures. But despite these points it's worth going if you're there, the place is clean, the whole route is amazing and there are shops to buy souvenirs that are some thanks.
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  • Kinkakuji golden temple in Kyoto is absolutely gorgeous temple. Very serene atmosphere and beautiful to look at. We took the bullet train from Tokyo to visit Kyoto. The problem we faced was language. It was 1979 but now it may be better. Temple shines and one can peacefully meditate there.If you are visiting Japan please include Kyoto golden temple in your itinerary.Enjoy.
  • Totally worth to visit the Golden temple in the heart of Kyoto. One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my life! The path that surrounds the temple is just incredibly amazing! It is located a bit far from the main train station of Kyoto, but u can easily access it using bus. It is a beautiful sightseeing, definitely! Totally recommend it.
  • A very nice place, very calm and serene. Incredibly beautiful and I would highly recommend it. The only downside is the number of tourists but that doesn't really affect the experience. An excellent place to visit!
  • A great site in Kyoto. The "Golden Pavilion" is a temple covered in gold leaf set next to a lake. The view, especially across the water, is a very pretty one, but that's also the most crowded area. And its very crowded. But its worth a visit since it is a site to behold. Additionally, the temple's gardens are very interesting. The gardens are inspired by scenes from classic stories from Chinese and Japanese literature. I would say the primary negatives are the crowds, which I mentioned. Also, the "Golden Pavilion" is not the original, as the original was burned down during a fire. Supposedly, it was rebuilt similarly to the original, but that's a bummer to know that you're not looking at something as historic.
  • One of the most beautiful shrines anywhere in Japan. If you imagine the archetypal Japanese shrine, this is it. A huge, gold leaf palace in the middle of an ancient lake. Without doubt my favourite piece of Japanese architecture.
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