Kinkaku-ji Temple

鹿苑寺 (金閣寺)

1 Kinkakuji-machi Kita-ku


Kinkaku-ji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto where the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.


1 Kinkakuji-machi Kita-ku

January - December
Monday - Sunday: 09:00-17:00



Chris Okano

If you come to the gold one, you have to make it to the silver one as well. They are both absolutely gorgeous and make for a great photo and video during any season.

Danica Ann Unrada

Try to check and experience the tea ceremony near the temple. There's also an ice cream with specks of gold and it's edible for eating.

Jay Bowler

A breathtaking place to view in sakura season, Kinkaku-ji Temple offers a serene experience akin to any other that you will see in Kyoto. The city itself offers some truly magical sights, and this place is no exception. After missing out on this during my visit in 2014, I took it upon myself to see it finally with my own eyes in 2016. It did not dissapoint at all. The temple is truly as gold as they say, reflecting the sun off it's surface making a perfect mirror image in the water... it is a picturesque place from every single angle. The grounds are spacious and incredibly well kept, and it is a fantastic place to chat with other tourists who are just as stunned as you are to be in the presence of such a remarkable temple.


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