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  • Address: Kita-ku Kinkaku-ji-cho, Kyoto 603-8361, Japan
  • 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.

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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka, Osaka, null
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

This is a day trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. Tour sites you will visit include: Kyoto Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji, Nara Todaiji Temple and Park, and the ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.35
Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 175 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 $158.07
Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

In order to closely feel the local atmosphere of Kyoto, this tour will use public transportation so that you can experience the everyday life of Kyoto locals, ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.81
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka, Osaka, Full-day Tours
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

This is an easy, culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto. The tour stops at the Fushimi Inari temple and the UNESCO world heritage sites, the ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.36
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto Arashiyama from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto Arashiyama from Osaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This day trip is a fun, easy way to visit Kyoto and Arashiyama from Osaka. It will stops at the famous Fushimi Inari temple, Arashiyama and the UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.32
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka

This is an affordable,  yet culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto and Nara. Tour stops at Kyoto Arashiyama, Kinkakuji-temple and Nara park Todaiji ...  Read more

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

From USD $71.32
Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka, Osaka, ... 
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Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 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 $82.63
Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka

4 star rating: Recommended 52 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 $144.59
Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus

3 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

The best bus system for exploring Kyoto. K'LOOP (Kyoto World Heritage Loop Bus) allows you the freedom to enjoy the World Heritage sites and other important ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Flexible

From USD $20.66
Private Kyoto Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle, Kyoto, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Kyoto Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This is a private tour by a chartered vehicle. Using this service, you can charter your vehicle Limousine, Van, or Bus which is most suitable for your group ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $626.92

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