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Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

1 Kinkakujichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8361, Japan
+81 75-461-0013
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The Golden Pavillion at Kinkaku-ji Temple. The iconic image of Kyoto. Kyoto  Japan
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Breathe Deeply at Ginkakuji Temple Kyoto  Japan
Magnificent Example of Japanese Architecture Kyoto  Japan
Golden Temple, Kyoto Kyoto  Japan
The Golden Pavillion at Kinkaku-ji Temple. The iconic image of Kyoto. Kyoto  Japan
Drinking Matcha at Kinkakuji Kyoto  Japan
Seeing The Temple of the Golden Pavilion Kyoto  Japan
Hand rinsing at a temple Kyoto  Japan
The Best Architecture in Kyoto  Kyoto  Japan
Breathe Deeply at Ginkakuji Temple Kyoto  Japan

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Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm

Magnificent Example of Japanese Architecture

Built in the 14th century as a villa for a powerful shogun, Kinkaku-ji temple, commonly referred to as the Golden Pavilion, is an easy bus ride from the main bus terminal in Kyoto. The temple is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, so expect a lot of fellow gawkers. It exemplifies several different Japanese architecture styles, and the top two levels are completely covered in gold leaf. The extensive gardens are beautifully manicured and serene, despite the abundance of visitors using selfie sticks.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

Golden Temple, Kyoto

The Golden Temple in Western Kyoto is one of the most frequently visited sites in the city. It is beautiful and I'm glad I had the chance to see it again (I was here before as a young child) but I prefer the smaller, less touristy temples where one can sit and contemplate the simple beauty of Sakura falling into a pond or a tiny, freshly raked rock garden.
over 4 years ago

The Golden Pavillion at Kinkaku-ji Temple. The iconic image of Kyoto.

The Golden Pavilion is the must-see attraction in the one city that truly gives a foreign visitor deep appreciation for Japanese culture and tradition. You will feel it here whether or not you were looking for it. View the full album!
AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

Drinking Matcha at Kinkakuji

One of my favorite memories of Japan is Kyoto in the fall. Sipping matcha (powdered green tea) and eating sweet red bean paste desserts beneath ruby umbrellas and auburn foliage next to Kyoto's Golden Pavilion is one of those moments when the Japan you imagine comes to life.
over 4 years ago

Seeing The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

It was mid-afternoon and at almost freezing temperature, we started roaming Kyoto. I have always read about Kinkaku-ji so my sister and our friends decided to visit the temple which is one of the most popular buildings in Japan attracting a large number of visitors annually. This attracted me as the top two floors are actually covered with pure gold leaf.
over 4 years ago

Hand rinsing at a temple

Temples in Japan have these ladles everywhere for rinsing your hands and mouth before entering the temple. I found this one inside at a little stream, so I figured a second round of rinsing wouldn't hurt.
AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

The Best Architecture in Kyoto

Kyoto is a city of incredible history and awesome architecture. If I could recommend only one sight in Kyoto, I would choose Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto's Golden Pavilion is a masterpiece. It's coated in gold leaf and surrounded by a reflecting pond and green forest. I recommend stopping by the tea garden on the path from Kinkaku-ji. To get to Kinkaku-ji, catch a bus from Kyoto Station. It's about a 50-minute ride.
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Breathe Deeply at Ginkakuji Temple

Ginkakuji Temple can be reached from the Philosopher's Path. It includes the Silver Pavilion (which isn't silver), a circular path, a moss garden and dry sand garden. I liked the zen "Moon Viewing Platform," a flawless cone of sand.