Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) Tours

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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.

Address: Kita-ku Kinkaku-ji-cho, Kyoto 603-8361, Japan
Hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm
Admission: ¥400
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