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Kinkaku-ji
金閣寺

4.6/5
2,584 Reviews
Kyoto Top 2 in Can't Miss Attractions
Temple
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Open in 7 mins Open from 9:00am-5:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone: +81-75-4610013

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Kinkaku Ji Temple and Ginkaku Ji Temple are a must-see in Kyoto. Very Japanese and very powerful.

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Introduction

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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