Kinkaku-ji is probably Kyoto's most famous temples attracting a huge number of visitors each year. It's a Zen Buddhist temple which was built at the end of the 14th century.
Expect heavy crowds year-round. Open 9 AM - 5 PM each day, year-round.
To avoid the crowds:
- Arrive early. A couple of minutes before the gates open at 9:00 AM.
- You could arrive late around 4 PM and stay till 5 PM. Then you have the last couple of minutes almost for yourself to take great photos.
- Avoid weekends, go mid-week.