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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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2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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Reviewed yesterday

I was really amazed by this temple, very beautiful, and so are the gardens around, very well handled, very clean. you can fell peace and tranquility there. you can spend more than our there.. you won't notice time passing by.

Thank Mohammed O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Going to Ginaku-ji from the bus stop is about 10 mins. The Sand Garden is amazing which symbolizes Mt Fuiji. You'll be mesmerize on how Saomi was able to create a masterpiece. Inside the temple there a pathway uphill where you'll get a good view...More

Thank J1_wan
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you have visited Kinkakuji, you must visit Ginkakuji to see the contrast of both places. Ginkakuji is also crowded during peak periods.

Thank andrewtanjr
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had read about the sand garden, which was interesting but smaller than anticipated. The rest of the garden surrounding the temple was also beautiful. We approached this site via a long road featuring shops selling all kinds of delicious Japanese snacks you would never...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple atmosphere is nice, they place rocks around the garden with beautiful formation and balanced that gives you the sense of peace.

Thank Johan_Kinoshita
Reviewed 1 week ago

it is a beautiful shrine with a very pretty garden. its maintained very clean and nice. you have to visit both the silver and golden shrines.

Thank Sneha S
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a true Zen garden, this is the place to go. Still used as shrines, very good upkeep and nice trails and stairs. It was a nice break before moving onto the next Kyoto site!

Thank geezergal2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited in the autumn and there were some surprising colours in the grounds of the temple. The pavilion itself is not much to look at, but the gardens and grounds are beautiful. What became apparent during the walk through the gardens is that it is...More

Thank garetjax72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ginkakuji pavilion is quite small and is visible soon after entering the garden. It looks lovely against the Japanese garden and sand garden with a pond to reflect it all. My favourite aspect of this attraction is the quietness of the garden. One can walk...More

1  Thank DimasNugrahaS1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temples offers one of the most beautiful and quiet gardens in Kyoto (if you visit early). The stroll around the route offers different landscapes and unforgettable views.

1  Thank serchpodolski
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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