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User Reviews (82 Reviews)
- Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 28, 2013
The zen garden here is imbued with the utmost quiescence, and appropriate humility to balance the grandeur of the pavilion. Tourist railings covered in hand-split bamboo are a little distracting, a modern, albeit lawsuit-deflecting necessity. Would love to walk the trails "un-corralled" but c'est la vie. Amazing place, visit and meditate. Truly contemplative.
Made my heroin come-down that much easier. Don't worry, it was a passing phase.
- Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)Mar 02, 2014
One of the flashiest of Kyoto's historical Buddhist temples, Kinkakuji is also the subject of a Yukio Mishima novel. Visit early or late in the day, when the light hitting the temple is at its best for photographing. The surrounding traditional Japanese gardens are also beautiful, so take time to wander.
- Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Mar 02, 2014
The Golden Pavilion at Kinkakuji Temple is gorgeous. With the top two floors completely covered in gold leaf, with big reflecting pond in front of it and being surrounded by beautiful gardens it creates a picture perfect setting.
Some practical tips:
• The main photo spot right after you enter – from the front and the side of the pond
• Morning or late afternoon sun is the best for photos
• Try to visit on a sunny day
• It’s best to come here early in the morning
• 30 minutes is enough to see it (if it’s not too crowded)
• If you are visiting this site on your own (not as part of a tour), you can easily combine it with visiting two other famous temples (Ryoanji Temple and Ninnaji Temple) which are located within walking distance from each other. You can take a bus 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station to the Kinkakuji Michi bus stop, then walk to Kinkakuji Temple, then to Ryoanji Temple, and then to Ninnaji Temple. Try to get to the first temple (Kinkakuji Temple) at the opening time, so you can visit it before the tour busses get there.
- Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)Member ofLGBTLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 7Feb 01, 2014
Underwhelming. Lots of people came out to see the Golden Temple but that made it so it was just too crowded (at least in the summer time). Also, they don't even let you get close to it so you have to take pictures from a distance. Definitely wasn't worth going out of the way to see.
- Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)Sep 09, 2013
This pavilion might be the most well-known temple in the Japan. The actual walk around it is quite short and it was crowded when I went, though the latter was unsurprising. One does start out on the same level as the temple but then the path rises on a small hill before coming back down again at the entrance/exit.
- Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Aug 05, 2013
Buddha bling! When in northern Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion at Kinkakuji is a sight not to be missed. The top two floors of this Zen Buddhist temple are completely covered in gold leaf and is absolutely stunning. The Golden Pavilion is surrounded by a beautiful garden sits on a mirror pond that reflects the building, so it makes for incredible photo opps.
- Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jun 22, 2013
Kinkakuji is a stunning gold temple in Kyoto, and a must see for any visitor to the ancient capital of Japan. Kyoto was for many hundreds of years the cultural capital, what with the sacred lineage of the royal court before the Tokugawa period. So for a long time, Kyoto was the spiritual capital of Japan, where the emprerors lived and bestowed their blessing to the nation, even in figurehead periods.
Being the ancient center of all fine crafts, the arts, artisans, and culture, this goldem temple exemplifies the refined glory of Kyoto and the roots of Japanese culture.
- Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)May 04, 2013
Arrived at this temple after confusion with the driver over Ginkakuji vs Kinkakufi. Maybe it was the 40000 yen talking but this temple was nice but not a favorite. There are lots of buses and you can only go around in one direction and no going back. It took about 30 minutes and there is a lot of souvenirs at the end ...The trip continued on to Saga which was cute.
- Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)Mar 24, 2013
One of the historic landmarks of Kyoto. The entire exterior of the pagoda is encased in actual gold and the site seeds thousands upon thousands of visitors. Make sure you get your obligatory picture of the tower, take a walk around it, and throw some coins for luck along the way.
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Aliases: 金閣寺, Kinkaku-ji , Rokuon-ji, Deer Garden Temple