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Kinkakuji Temple

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Both are highly recommended by expert writers. Overall, Kiyomizu-dera Temple ranks significantly better than Kinkakuji Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple comes in at #1 in Kyoto with approval from 5 reviewers including Frommer's, Atlas Obscura and Fodor's.

Both are highly recommended by expert writers. Overall, Kiyomizu-dera Temple ranks significantly better than Kinkakuji Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple comes in at #1 in Kyoto with approval from 5 reviewers including Frommer's, Atlas Obscura and Fodor's.

tripexpert score
89
#6 in Kyoto
location

1 Kinkaku-ji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361

endorsements
  • 4 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Possibly the world's most ostentatious retirement cottage, the magnificent gold-sheathed Kinkaku-ji was built by Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga (1358–1409). Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Features a three-story pavilion covered in gold leaf with a roof topped by a bronze phoenix. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The main hall, covered in brilliant gold leaf, shining above its reflecting pond is truly spectacular. Full Review →

  • 12

    Travel + Leisure

    A 14th-century Gold Pavilion. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Kyoto

Mt. Otowa, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

  • 5 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Pilgrims have climbed Higashiyama's cobblestone streets lined with tea shops and craft vendors to this gorgeous mountainside temple for centuries. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    This is Higashiyama-ku's most famous temple, known throughout Japan for the grand views afforded from its main hall. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    A buzzing hive of activity perched on a hill overlooking the basin of Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera is one of Kyoto's most popular and most enjoyable temples Full Review →

  • 68

    Atlas Obscura

    A shrine contains nearly 200 statues of the Buddhist deity Jizo, dressed in bibs by parents who have lost a child.  Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    Dedicated to merciful Kannon, Kiyomizu-dera dates back to the 8C, although the current buildings date from the 17C Full Review →

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