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Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

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With its top two stories completely coated in pure gold leaf, Kinkaku-ji gleams in the sunlight and reflects off the pond at its edge. This Zen Buddhist temple started as a villa for a powerful statesman in the 14th century, before its conversion to a temple by the family of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. After a high-profile arson in 1950, the temple was rebuilt in its current form with ostentatious gold leaf coating to echo the extravagance of aristocratic culture in Yoshimitsu’s time. Look out for the different historical architectural styles represented by each floor of the temple. Plan to visit Kinkaku-ji and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kyoto attractions using our Kyoto online holiday planner .
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  • Top attraction in Kyoto, always full. Early as possible to be there. Have a visit with a Conn. Tea ceremony (not far away possible) connected.
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  • A must visit if you are in Kyoto. You can not enter the temple but walk around it is just breathtaking. The views of the temples are amazing.  more »
  • It is a nice place to visit, can meet and bask in the view which is spectacular, ideal for taking photos. There is no passivity by the high flow of people.
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  • Kinkaku-ji là ngôi chùa thuộc phái Shokoku-ji thuộc dòng Lâm Tế tông, tên chính thức là Rokuon-ji. Vốn là nơi nghỉ dưỡng trên núi được Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, shogun đời thứ 3 của Mạc phủ Muromachi cho xây dựng vào năm 1397, về sau thành thiền tự và trở nên nổi tiếng với Xá lợi điện "Kinkaku" tỏa ánh vàng lấp lánh. Ngôi chùa được chỉ định là di sản văn hóa thế giới. Khuôn viên chùa có khu vườn theo kiểu kaiyushiki (vườn dạo chơi có hồ nước nằm ở trung tâm), cảnh ngôi chùa soi bóng xuống hồ Kyoko khiến nơi đây trở thành một địa điểm chụp hình tuyệt vời. Kinkaku là một tòa bảo tháp 3 tầng. Năm 1950 nó đã bị thiêu cháy và kiến trúc hiện tại được tái xây dựng vào năm 1955. Ba tầng của tòa kiến trúc được xây dựng theo phong cách khác nhau, tầng 1 là kiểu shinden-zukuri (phong cách cung điện), tầng 2 là gian thờ theo kiểu buke-zukuri (phong cách nhà samurai), tầng 3 là kiểu Zenshu-butsuden (thiền tông Phật điện). Tầng 2 và tầng 3 được dát vàng lá. Nếu du khách muốn chụp hình, khuyến khích nên chụp từ phía nam của hồ Kyoko. Thời điểm tốt nhất là khi mặt trời nằm về phía nam lúc quá trưa. Bên cạnh đó, trong sân chùa còn có phòng trà Sekkatei (Tịch Giai Đình) được xây dựng bởi trà sư Kanamori Sowa. Nơi đây được xây để chào đón Thiên hoàng Go-Mizunoo, lấy cảm hứng từ vẻ đẹp của Kinkaku được chiếu sáng trong ánh tịch dương để đặt tên. Đặc trưng là có cửa sổ hình tròn và hình tam giác. Nổi tiếng vì có cột trụ được làm từ cây nam thiên trúc và kệ chigaidana (kệ lệch) làm từ cây hồ chì.
  • This is one of the least interesting temples that I visited in Kyoto. The main attraction is a temple building covered in gold leaf. It's not the original, which burned down sometime in the 1950s. There are not building that you can enter or even approach. Basically, you just take a picture of the building from a fence and that's it. If you have limited time in Kyoto, just buy a postcard of this place at a souvenir shop somewhere and spend your time visiting temples that you can actually enter.
  • Simply stunning. You cannot but gasp at the sight of the Golden Pavilion. It is a pure marvel of beauty and you shouldn’t visit Kyoto without stopping there. It’s very easy to reach it by bus and the entry is 400¥, cheaper than other places. I went there early enough (arrived around 9.30am) and didn’t have to queue at all. Yes, there will be crowds, but everything is managed efficiently and people respect others taking their pictures. The tour of the place is quick, 30 minutes and you are done. There are lots of shops to buy ice-creams and souvenirs. All priced the same and no one forces you to purchase anything.
  • A bit of a trek from our hotel but well worth the trip! One of the most famous temples, nick named the “Golden Temple” since the outside of the main Pavilion is covered in gold lacquer. Was truly a memorable and beautiful sight! We went on a Monday afternoon and it was PACKED with tourists. If you go to Japan in the summer, make sure you bring sufficient sunscreen and also pack insect repellent!
  • There are more gift shops and ice cream vending machines than buildings worth seeing. This seems to be one of those places that's famous for being famous. Because it's said to be crowded everyone assumes it must be great and goes too. All of the tour buses have to include it on their itinerary too. This creates huge crowds that ruin the atmosphere. Maybe in the low tourist season it's worth seeing, but not in the spring. Choose a place that's 10% less beautiful, but has 80% fewer tourists. You'll have a better time. Entry is Y400.
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