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Ginkaku-ji Temple

2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was supposed to have been finished in a coat of silver. Although this step never occurred, the temple is still known by the name Silver Pavilion.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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Reviewed yesterday

The temple was very cool to visit and the grounds were beautiful and very peaceful to walk through. It was easy to get to via train.

Thank LadyDi1162
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Go in the early morning! In the afternoon the temple is backlit so lighting is not good and you cannot get great photos. It's right by the start of the Philosophers' path which is also a nice stroll towards Heian shrine and Gion.

Thank ngari
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Amazing place! Really worth a visit. I walked to the temple on "Philosopher's Walk" and I recommend to do that.

Thank Jesper O
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Enjoy one or two hours in this beautiful garden, really worth the entrance fee. Go early so it's not too crowded.

Thank crweltreisende16
Reviewed 1 week ago

My right leg is not good! But even so i visiting frequently these two wounderful building or nearly temples houses! Famous in the cartoon ikkyu san the intelligent monk boy! Getting really tired, but very happy to visit it any times if the weather is...More

Thank albertosR7320AZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit of a let down after visiting the golden temple, however the gardens are stunning and the plants along the paths are marked with the names of the plants in english.

Thank MelbournePam
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there towards the end of the day and most of the tourists were gone. We were cutting it close but then we enjoyed the place almost to ourselves. Very peaceful end of a busy afternoon visiting. One of my best souvenir in Japan.

Thank NathalieWestport
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very beautiful site to visit: an easy well-defined path will take you around this really pretty site; The path goes uphill but is not difficult. From the top of the hill, you get to have a very lovely view of the city...More

Thank Anne R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take your time strolling this delightful garden and taking in the magic of the silver temple! Great small handicrafts in the town nearby. Go early in the am. Not to be missed!

Thank lauraleighwood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I prefer Ginkaku-ji than Kinkaku-ji because the zen garden is very beautiful and you can walk between various varites of plants, trees and flowers.

Thank Julie S
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27 March 2017|
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Response from mscherie07 | Reviewed this property |
Jacqui, the best that we did when we were in Ginkakuji last year was to head southward along the stone paved path --the Philosopher's path for a refreshing walk. Another 2 minutes from the path is the Ginkakujimae bus stop... More