Kinkaku-ji Temple 4.5 rating

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Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist attraction in Kyoto. The original complex was built in 1397, but the present structures date from 1955, rebuilt after the pavilion was burnt down in 1950 by a monk while the rest of the buildings had been destroyed during the 15th century Onin War. The top 2 storeys of the 3-storeyed Golden Pavilion are covered in gold-leaf, and each floor exhibits its individual architectural style. Highlights include the relics of the Buddha, the bronze phoenix on the roof, the shakkei gardens, and reflecting pond with an islet representing Japan.

 Hours 
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9:00
17:00
Mon
9:00
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Tue
9:00
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Wed
9:00
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Thu
9:00
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Fri
9:00
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Sat
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About Kinkaku-ji Temple

 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan

 Nearest Transit: Kuramaguchi (Line: Karasuma)

 +81 75-461-0013

 http://www.shokoku-ji.jp

Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
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Kamigamo Shrine(3 km)
The Kamigamo Shrine on the banks of the Kamo river was established in 678 and is dedicated to Kamo Wake-ikazuchi, the kami of thunder.

Ninnaji Temple

Ninnaji Temple(1.7 km)
The Ninna-ji Temple was originally built in 888 AD by the Emperors Koko and Uda to venerate the Amida Buddha, but was largely destroyed by fire in the 15th century, with most of the present structures built in the 17th century sponsored by the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine(3.1 km)
The Shimogamo Shrine, formally known as the Kamo-mioya-jinja, is dedicated to the goddess Tamayori-hime and her father, Kamo Taketsunomi.

Daitokuji Temple

Daitokuji Temple(1.6 km)
The Daitokuji is a large Zen Buddhist temple complex with 24 smaller sub-temples, of which 8 are open to the public.

Hirano Shrine

Hirano Shrine(0.8 km)
The Hirano Jinja is a small 8th century shrine that is popular during hanami for its beautiful cherry blossoms.

Imamiya Shrine

Imamiya Shrine(1.4 km)
The Imamiya Shrine was built in 994 to appease gods and ward off the disease that was plaguing Heian-kyo (Kyoto).

Koryu-ji Temple

Koryu-ji Temple(3.3 km)
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Kitano Tenman-gu

Kitano Tenman-gu(1.1 km)
The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to exiled poet Sugawara no Michizane was built in 947 AD to appease his angry spirit.

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