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About Kinkaku-ji

Whether the pavilion is dusted with snow or gleaming gold against a blue summer sky, nothing represents Kyoto quite like Kinkaku-ji. Also referred to as the Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji is one of Japan’s most resplendent Zen temples. This is due in large part to the fact that its top two floors are coated in gold leaf, which quite literally makes the temple gleam.

Each floor of the three-tiered pavilion embraces a different architectural style, with shinden, samurai and zen all making an appearance. As well as admiring the temple itself, visitors can also wander their way through the beautifully maintained Japanese strolling garden. With its reflective mirror pond, mini islands and strategic vantage points, the grounds are considered an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design.

From central Kyoto, the tranquillity of Kinkaku-ji is just a 30-minute drive away. The Karasuma Subway Line to runs direct to Kitaoji Station, with taxis or buses ferrying passengers to the Golden Pavilion from there.

Formally known as Rokuonji, Kinkaku-ji was where legendary shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu chose to spend the final years of his life. Today, it attracts both local Buddhists and snap happy holidaymakers alike. Its beauty is celebrated across Japan, which has earned the temple recognition as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape.

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Sakura Komachi

Sakura Komachi
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Kita Ward, Kyoto
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Very Good, 8.0
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Sakura Komachi is situated in Kyoto and is close to the area's tourist attractions. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi.

Kyoto yadomachi Kamishichiken

Kyoto yadomachi Kamishichiken
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Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto
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Situated in Kyoto, Kyoto yadomachi Kamishichiken is a short walk from the Hirano Shrine and provides a swimming pool. Those staying at the property can also enjoy free Wi-Fi.

Coto Kyoto Kinkakuji

Coto Kyoto Kinkakuji
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Kita Ward, Kyoto
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Superb, 9.4
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Coto Kyoto Kinkakuji offers a comfortable setting while in Kyoto. Only a short stroll from the Kenkun Shrine, it provides comfortable apartments equipped with a refrigerator, a kitchenette and slippers.

Hananobou Kinkakuji-michi

Hananobou Kinkakuji-michi
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Kita Ward, Kyoto
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Hananobou Kinkakuji-michi is located in Kyoto and offers free Wi-Fi. It also features a laundry service, a swimming pool and luggage storage.

Kyo Yukari

Kyo Yukari
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Kita Ward, Kyoto
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Superb, 9.0
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Kyo Yukari is located in Kyoto and features free Wi-Fi. It offers luggage storage, and is a brief walk from the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine and the Hirano Shrine.

Shion-an

Shion-an
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Kita Ward, Kyoto
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Shion-an is situated in Kyoto and is close to the area's popular attractions. It offers free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour reception and free bicycle rental.

YUMEJI Vintage Villa

YUMEJI Vintage Villa
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Kita Ward, Kyoto
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YUMEJI Vintage Villa is located in Kyoto and offers guests free Wi-Fi. It is situated a brief stroll from Funaoka Onsen and the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine.

Murasakino Uan

Murasakino Uan
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Kita Ward, Kyoto
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Murasakino Uan is located in Kyoto and is close to Kinkaku-ji. It provides free Wi-Fi and laundry facilities, and is a brief walk from Funaoka Onsen.

Nishijin no Sato

Nishijin no Sato
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Kita Ward, Kyoto
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Nishijin no Sato is located in Kyoto and offers free Wi-Fi. It provides laundry facilities, and is a brief stroll from the Hirano Shrine and the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine.

Takeya Kitano Bekkan

Takeya Kitano Bekkan
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Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto
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Situated within walking distance of Kitano-Hakubaicho Station, Takeya Kitano Bekkan provides guests with a convenient base while in Kyoto. It offers a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and free Wi-Fi.

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