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Kinkaku-ji

4.6/52,415 Reviews
Temple

Business Hours

9:00-17:00, all year round.

Address

1 Kinkakujicho, Kita, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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About Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji is an ancient Japanese temple in Kyoto. Completed in 1397, it originally served as the villa of shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, but was later transformed into a Zen Buddhist temple. Originally named Rokuon-ji (literally "Deer Garden Temple"), it is also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion owing to the gold foil that the outside of the building is wrapped in. In addition to being a famous tourist attraction, Kinkaku-ji has also been designated as a National Treasure by the Japanese government and is a symbol of Kyoto.
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The Golden Pavilion Zen Temple is a popular location in Kyoto. There are often many tourists at the temple at mid-day. If you want to avoid the crowds, Tourists are encouraged to enjoy the temple when the doors open in the morning or in the early evening before the close of the grounds. There is a small tea room at the Kinkakuji Temple, for a break and some zen relaxation. The tea room offers matcha desserts and traditionally prepared tea.
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Special Events

The outer walls of the top two stories of the Kinkakuji Temple are intricately decorated with gold leaf. The temple is a dream destination for photo enthusiasts. The best photos of the Golden Pavilion are generally available when the sun is shining and the weather is good. Kinkakuji has a year round tourist season with peak volumes of visitors in spring and autumn, as well as the snowy winters. The gardens in the courtyard of the Golden Pavilion are beautifully curated. For luck and blessings you can reverently toss coins near the stone statues. There is also an open buddhist divination area for inquiring spiritualists.
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Frequently Asked Questions

1 Kinkakujicho, Kita, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Top recommendations for the best restaurants near Kinkaku-ji are: SARASA NISHIJIN, Cafe Du Mon, Cafe1001, Daiichi, Cafe Rhinebeck
These are the places that you must visit near Kinkaku-ji: Jobonrendaiji Temple, Toji-in Temple, The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, SHOZAN RESORT KYOTO, Higashimukaikannonji

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