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Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

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With its top two stories completely coated in pure gold leaf, Kinkaku-ji gleams in the sunlight and reflects off the pond at its edge. This Zen Buddhist temple started as a villa for a powerful statesman in the 14th century, before its conversion to a temple by the family of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. After a high-profile arson in 1950, the temple was rebuilt in its current form with ostentatious gold leaf coating to echo the extravagance of aristocratic culture in Yoshimitsu’s time. Look out for the different historical architectural styles represented by each floor of the temple. Plan to visit Kinkaku-ji and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kyoto attractions using our Kyoto online holiday planner.
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  • I went here in autumn 2021, got here by using train and bus. You can follow the direction in googlemaps. The photo spot was bustling with tourists so you have to choose your time and timing if you... 
    I went here in autumn 2021, got here by using train and bus. You can follow the direction in googlemaps. The photo spot was bustling with tourists so you have to choose your time and timing if you...  more »
  • It is must visit place in Kyoto. One of the most fascinating place we have visited in Kyoto. Beautiful temple and surroundings. 
    It is must visit place in Kyoto. One of the most fascinating place we have visited in Kyoto. Beautiful temple and surroundings.  more »
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  • One of the most famous spots in Kyoto, temple of the Golden pavilion. Actually, it’s a Buddhist temple which is covered with golden leaf giving an iconic mirror view. Usually, the area is crowded and I recommend you to go there early morning. You can enjoy a relaxing walk through the wayside. The entrance fee is 400 yen.For road direction, both English and Japanese language are indicated. Highly recommended this place for people who like traditional and historical view.
  • This is a really special place. Even though is very touristic and sometimes there's too many people, it manages to remain special and to convey calm and peace. Beautiful surroundings, stunning temple. You can't get very close to it, but it is easy to take a round and see it from all angles. Take your camera with you and spend time taking pictures after observing very well the scenery. There are many details and nuances that are wonderful to discover. It's worthy a visit, don't rush it. Enjoy it.

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