Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • 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

  • 66.56% 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

93.28% 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wow! What an awesome place. The grounds are immaculate and perfectly manicured. I love how well maintained all of these sites are in Japan. This was a great sight to see and well worth the searing heat and the small admission fee we paid to get in.

  • This is a very beautiful golden temple. There are different little tails to look around but of course the main attraction is the golden temple. I have read some reviewers didn't like cause there's not enough benches, it's small and it was a rebuilt temple. There are plenty of benches to sit for a quick rest and I find the size of the area decent. As far as a rebuilt temple I think they did ac pretty good job on it. I really doubt anyone would want to come and look at a burned down temple. Unless there's a really interesting story behind it. It does get busy so best is to go early to beat the crowds and to really get good pictures and selfies of the temple.

  • Obviously the temple is stunning and the little islands around it are adorable but this place is a major tourist place and there aren't really any opportunities for exploration unlike other major tourist sites in the area. There is a path that you follow in a circle that shows you a couple different views. In total I think we spent 15 minutes. Overall, nice to see but definitely not a highlight.

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