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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

About Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Kinkaku-ji

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

  • 66.65% of people start their Kinkaku-ji visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

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

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

93.38% 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

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Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto Reviews

  • This is really a nice place. The area is wonderful and it just feels you go back in time. The scenery is well preserved and the temple is really nice. A tip make a picture where you see the reflection of the temple i the water. Very nice. One thing to consider it is really crowded. Very busy and many tourist. But great place absolutely worth your time.

  • Its OK. For 400 yen it was fine but I wouldn't pay much more. There's not much else there besides the golden temple. Large crowd even first thing in the morning. I thought the imperial palace was more interesting, it also had some very nice gardens and free admission.

  • I’m only giving this a five because I arrived so early I was first in line and therefore I had a minute all to myself before the lineup behind me caught up and it was so lovely. If I had come later and been surrounded by thousands of tourists I would have given this a three because although it’s so beautiful, it’s over very quick and your pictures will look just like any you can find in a quick google search. Not worth the crowds. Also, just a heads up, we didn’t look at their hours of operation before leaving and wanted to get there early so we arrived at 7:30 only to find they weren’t open until 9:00 so it was a long wait. Watching the crowds start to arrive I would say that 8:00 is sufficiently early to be at the head of the pack, much later than that and you’ve got about 50-75 people ahead of you before the gates have even opened (and many more coming up from behind).

  • A popular destination in Kyoto with the Golden Pavilion. The ground is pretty and well maintained. But there’s just this 1 thing to see. There’s a tea house you can rest your feet and have a cup of Japanese green tea served with sweet pastry.

  • Beautiful, tranquil, and worth it! Just a beautiful place, even with it being infested by tourists the beauty of this place stays intact because they do a great job not allowing tourists to go into the actual temple. However the views are what matters and this temple does NOT disappoint. The entrance fee is reasonable (400 yen or 4 USD per person). Come on close to sundown as the sun shines directly on the temple for amazing photos. Not a bad place for time lapse too if you can sneak it in as the temple does not allow tripods or standing still in an area for too long (since this is a tourist hot spot). Even with lots of people, you'll be able to sneak in some great photos like the ones I took below. No filters either. Enjoy!

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