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  • Address: Kita-ku Kinkaku-ji-cho
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm
  • Admission: ¥400

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Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji)

The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku-ji,  is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto, and a major highlight of any visit to the city.

The three-story pagoda gleams with gold leaf, though it is a 1955 replica of the original 1397 temple, which was destroyed by fire in 1950.

The beautiful temple hovers over a lake, surrounded by twisted pines and forests. The image of its reflection captured in the mirror-like water is a Kyoto symbol, and a must-have photo opportunity.

The classic stone and water gardens are another highlight for a stroll.

Practical Info

The Golden Pavilion is in northwest Kyoto. The best way to get to the Golden Pavilion is either in an organized tour or by bus from Kyoto Station.

Tours & Tickets

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Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 332 Reviews

Discover tranquil temples, Imperial palaces and ancient shrines on this 9-hour full-day Kyoto sightseeing tour. Explore top city attractions such as Nijo ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.86

Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 115 Reviews

See the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara in one day! This day trip from Osaka takes you on a morning tour of Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.48

Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 188 Reviews

Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on this full-day tour from Kyoto. In the morning, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Nijo Castle and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.69

Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka

4 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

Tour Kyoto’s famous landmarks all in one day, traveling by rail from Osaka! Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the former royal capital, including ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.66

3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

See the iconic highlights of Japan on a 3-day guided tour to Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara. Visit revered Mt Fuji, take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial tram ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $558.32

Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

See Kyoto highlights on this 6-hour tour from Osaka! Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Ninjo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — as you tour ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 6.5 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.66

Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

4 star rating: Recommended 98 Reviews

Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.72

Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 102 Reviews

Leave Tokyo on the bullet train to visit the heritage-filled cities of Kyoto and Nara, staying overnight in Kyoto, on your choice of a guided 2-day or 3-day ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 days / 1 night or 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $564.30

Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This 3-hour private walking tour of Kyoto’s beautiful Japanese gardens takes you to several Zen Buddhist temples with a local scholar. Admire Mirror Pond at ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.53

3-Day Kyoto and Hiroshima Independent Tour by Nozomi Bullet Train from Tokyo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover Kyoto and Hiroshima, two of Japan’s most famous cities, without the hassle of arranging transportation or hotels on this independent tour. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $364.23

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