Kinkaku-ji Temple

(鹿苑寺 (金閣寺))
Buddhist Temple and Historic Site
  • Ranked #5 for Buddhist temples in Kyoto
  • ken
    "great when the sunlight shines and the temple reflects."(6 Tips)
    "This is a beautiful temple, but it has become a tourist trap."(4 Tips)
    Valerio F.
    "IMHO the most beautiful temple in Kyoto."(2 Tips)
    Dee G.
    "awesome than the Silver Pavilion."(2 Tips)
153 Tips and reviews
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  • Morgan W.
    Morgan Wang1 week ago
    The temple is covered in gold leaf!
  • Federal
    Federal2 weeks ago
    I've been at this nice place. I liked very much. It happened in 2012. Miss the time.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Patricia G.
    Patricia George3 weeks ago
    Absolutely stunning and gorgeous. Must see...
  • Cherie P.
    Cherie PeytonOctober 25
    Breath taking!
  • Joshefo J.
    Joshefo JacquesOctober 25
    Lovely place!
  • carolinec
    carolinecOctober 23
    One emoji: 😍
  • Souri S.
    Souri SoOctober 22
    Love this temple, must do in Kyoto
  • Kees P.
    Kees PlattelOctober 16
    Kids might ask you some questions, but in return you'll get origami! The temple is amazing, but very busy!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightOctober 7
    One of the most beautiful and iconic temples in Japan with crowds to prove it. Come early for the most enjoyable visit or late for the best lighting for photos.
  • Rob G.
    Rob GoossensSeptember 25
    Very nice "gold" temple, but the rest (garden, tea house,...) is not great
  • puji r.
    puji riantiSeptember 12
    beatiful ancient temple
  • Melissa D.
    Really beautiful temple. Dogs are ok as long as you carry them
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.June 10
    Beautiful photo ops to be sure but I now know the meaning of throngs of people....
  • Dee G.
    Dee GrayJune 7
    The Golden Pavilion, super famous, super beautiful, but less awesome than the Silver Pavilion.
  • Diego M.
    This is what means "Landscape view"
  • Magdalena M.
    I can't miss place in Kyoto but be prepared for hordes of people and food/merchandise stalls - one of the most commercial temples in Kyoto
  • Tav
    TavApril 20
    Impressive! Must see!
  • Alyssa N.
    Alyssa NgApril 13
    Amazing how one temple made of gold attracted so many to see it. Be early to avoid crowds.
  • Simple Discoveries
    The famed Golden Temple collects quite the crowds so go early, or if you're a photographer, brave the masses right before closing for better light. Entry closes around 4:30pm. Beautiful!
  • Karissa D.
    Super crowded, but so very gorgeous.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HarrisonMarch 31
    If you're looking for a way to get rid of your 1 yen coins, there are stone bowls you can toss them at here.
  • Julia G.
    Julia GrandoMarch 17
    Very pretty, but besides the Golden Temple there is not much around. I got a tasty black sesame ice cream.
  • Gani H.
    Fascinating scene, great place
  • Christine H.
    Visit if you like temples. A maybe-see. Enjoyed the silver pavilion more. Interesting story behind the rivalry.
  • Ikjune K.
    Ikjune KimFebruary 22
    Tripods are not allowed....i don't know why
  • Rob
    RobFebruary 19
    So beauty.
  • William K.
    William KanFebruary 9
    It's so grand and beautiful. In fact too beautiful for a temple. It doesn't take long to complete the circle and heading back out. Crowded all the time but do you have a choice?
  • Eh A.
    Eh AufaitJanuary 31
    Admission fee os 400JPY. Enjoy the view surrounding the Pavillon - the scenery really integrates the outside and the inside.
  • Julian B.
    Amazing!! top 3 Kyoto places
  • Marc S.
    Marc St.January 3
    If you have only 1 hour in Kyoto, go see this place. If you have 2, add the Ginkakuji, Silver temple.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅December 7, 2015
    Probably not the best but one of he most famous temples. Anyway is a good idea to visit together with Ryoan-ji.
  • CP
    CPDecember 5, 2015
    This is a beautiful temple, but it has become a tourist trap. Lots of things are being sold around the temple and the amount of tourists disrupts the peace and original intent of the site.
  • Eduardo C.
    Eduardo ChristophNovember 20, 2015
    Simply amazing!
  • Kerem U.
    Kerem UzerNovember 14, 2015
    With the right light from the sun, most beautiful temple you will ever see
  • Joachim O.
    Joachim OoiNovember 12, 2015
    A must visit place in Kyoto. Touristy though. Can grab some snacks or ice cream around that area.
  • uni u.
    uni uniNovember 4, 2015
    Temple selling alcohol
  • Alexey C.
    Alexey ChistyakovNovember 2, 2015
    It's great, but I expected more.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuNovember 1, 2015
    Definitely love the views behind the temple, and also through the gardens!
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinOctober 24, 2015
  • jansen c.
    jansen cOctober 24, 2015
    You need to come here a few more times to enjoy the view in different seasons
  • Alex J.
    Alex JOctober 21, 2015
    Just beautiful.
  • David W.
    David WormleyOctober 3, 2015
    Beautiful, but super crowded. You'll be waiting a while to get a good photo.
  • Marwan Z.
    Marwan ZSeptember 28, 2015
    This place was burned down 4 times in the past, last one was in the 50s because a monk was heartbroken so he puts his anger n arson
  • Diana C.
    Diana CostaAugust 30, 2015
    One of My favourite places in kyoto. Generally crowed but worth the visit. Go early
  • Valerio F.
    Valerio FalluccaAugust 16, 2015
    IMHO the most beautiful temple in Kyoto. There are hundreds of temple in town, this should be always included in the must see list
  • Jean-Noël V.
    Jean-Noël VignaroliAugust 11, 2015
    Shoot your own postcard of what might be the most famous sight of Japan !
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJune 14, 2015
    Wow, it's stunning. It can get really really crowded around sunset though.
  • Sabino D.
    Sabino DiazMay 23, 2015
    If you are stating your trip I recommend to buy a booklet to collect monk stamps and signs
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartMay 6, 2015
    Can't miss this golden temple...pretty crowded, but work your way over to the left after entering for clear shots.
  • Claudia
    ClaudiaApril 13, 2015
    Definitely overrated and overcrowded, but Ina sunny day it is a nice view
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