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  • Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-754610013
  • Ticket Price: 400 JPY
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids, Architecture

Kinkaku-ji - Review

Kinkaku-ji (aka Temple of Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple situated in the northern part of Kyoto. The top two floors of the temple are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the building the temple is housed in was the retirement villa of the shogun (military leader) Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. As per his will, the villa was converted into a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in the year 1408. Kinkaku-ji is an architecturally stunning and impressive structure which overlooks a pond. Having a turbulent history, the temple complex has burned down numerous times throughout history including twice during the Onin War. In the year 1950, the temple was set on fire by a fanatic monk! The present structure was rebuilt in 1955. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Kyoto itinerary 7 days.

Kinkaku-ji Information

  • It is an active place of worship. Please maintain the tranquillity of the place.
  • Don’t forget to remove your footwear before entering the premises.
  • It is recommended to wear conservative clothing.

Kinkaku-ji Ticket Prices

  • Adults- ¥400, Students (upto junior high school)- ¥300.

How To reach Kinkaku-ji by Public Transport

  • Bus stop Hontsuji Dori
  • Bus stop Kagamiishi Dori

Restaurants Near Kinkaku-ji

  • Itadaki
  • Oshokujidokoro kinkaku

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TripHobo Highlights for Kinkaku-ji

  • Kinkaku-ji Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan
  • Kinkaku-ji Contact Number: +81-754610013
  • Kinkaku-ji Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Kinkaku-ji Price: 400 JPY
  • Best time to visit Kinkaku-ji(preferred time): 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Kinkaku-ji: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Kinkaku-ji

  • 95% of people who visit Kyoto include Kinkaku-ji in their plan

  • 64.77% of people start their Kinkaku-ji visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Kinkaku-ji

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

91.48% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kinkaku-ji

People normally club together Nijo Castle and Ryoan-ji while planning their visit to Kinkaku-ji.

People also prefer to start their day with Kinkaku-ji.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto Reviews

  • Although as a Sikh man the Golden temple in Amritsar still blows me away; Kinkakuji is a splendour in its own right. Gorgeous gold embellished walls surrounded by a mote and Japanese foliage. The walk around the site is beautiful and the fresh air is just so refreshing. Must visit site in Japan!

  • I biked to きんかくーじ from my place. Well worth the trek. This shrine is amazing! Though a busy, busy attraction in Kyoto. I visited first thing in the morning and might suggest that if you do not like large crowds or lines to visit right when it opens or shortly before closing. Also, if it’s the summer or you feel the heat be sure to bring sun cover! It gets hot here though must say Japan’s just hot in general :)

  • Wouldn't go out of your way to visit. Great for the one postcard picture shot, but apart from that it's a small walk around a path through some garden that took around 15minutes. Advise going very early in the morning, beat the crowds and it might be enjoyable. But at 3:30pm it was not a fun or enjoyable experience. 400¥ entrance. Closes at 5pm.

  • Definitely beautiful Temple. It is impressive and stick to the high Japanese standards of elegant and decorative together with the element of quiet. The down part is it's popularity, just so many people you almost have to go in a straight line, take a picture from where all the others take their picture, and don't really fill any atmosphere of authenticity.

  • Nice spot. Well manicured. overly crowded. I wish that I could enjoy this place more and it is a must go for out-town tourists. I would NOT go there again due to the crowd. There are many great temples and parks around which are less crowded and commercialized. I still enjoyed this place even though it is my second visit.

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