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Ginkaku-ji Temple

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Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
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Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was...

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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Zen in the truest sense

This Zen temple has a lot going on, but it the most serene way. Aside from the Silver Pavilion there are several other buildings,beautiful Japanese gardens (lots of moss), a raked... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This Zen temple has a lot going on, but it the most serene way. Aside from the Silver Pavilion there are several other buildings,beautiful Japanese gardens (lots of moss), a raked sand garden, amazing rocks and bridges - it's all very peaceful. Take your time along the path and savour the tranquility.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was the last temple on our list in Kyoto and is really quite beautiful (although there is no actual silver). Be sure to walk up and around the walkway to get great views from above!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't know how many times I have been to this place as well as Kinkakuji but this time I just visited this place with my nephew. The vivid green in the garden was amazing even it was freezing cold Dec. Feel more zen.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was very crowded. All wanted to get a good spot to take pictures of the Golden Temple.. Worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is one of the iconic tourists spots in Kyoto, so be ready for crowds. It's also a popular aim of school trips. However, even if not as large as some other temples, the gardens are beautiful and worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Ginkakuji is a sight to behold. The grounds are large and would take about an hour to walk through (slowly and at measured pace). But really, the main temple itself with silver embodiment is breathtaking; especially against the garden backdrop. However, when sighting the temple, the first thought that hit my mind : where did they get all this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although it's known as the Silver Pavillion, there is nothing silver in it. Just a beautiful old wooden building and some of the prettiest Japanese gardens I have ever seen. Gorgeous moss slopes and manicured ponds, a total delight for the eyes and soul. Highly recommended. On the way down, do the Philosopher's Walk (a great trail along the stream).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The silver pavilion is literaly the rival of the Golden pavilion but if you look at the history was never finished. It's not as beautiful as Kinkaku-ji but the garden sure is pretty darn amazing, I went when Kyoto was at it's strongest fall colors so there were colored trees everywhere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is small, but it's so beautiful and I can spend a whole just walking around. I wish someday I can go back to Kyoto again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This pavilion had the nicest gardens I saw in Japan. I was mesmerised by the gravel garden at the entrance but then inside the gardens they were 50 times bigger! Going here in January was good as there weren't too many other visitors. I imagine that something of the tranquility would be lost at other times of year.

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