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Ginkaku-ji Temple

2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8402, Japan
+81 75-771-5725
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Ranked #14 of 373 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Ginkakuji was one of our favorite places we visited in Kyoto. Not only did it have spectacular temple buildings but also very beautiful gardens as well. I would definitely recommend seeing this temple for both the historic buildings and lovely grounds. It is easily reachable by bus - the number 5 bus ends there so its easy to find. It... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Getting to the temple requires a bus from Kyoto station or city centre which is reasonably easy to do and they tend to have English announcements onboard. The temple is very pretty although crowded and not really somewhere for peace and quiet. The gardens are also nice and a few gift shops before you head back to the bus stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

While the temple itself is less visually stunning than Kinkakuji it is far older and the gardens and walks are superb.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built in 1397 as a residence for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The structure was completely covered in gold leaf, earning it the name Golden Pavilion Very impressive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We went early in the morning at 8:30am when there was barely anybody there. Worth getting up early for this one. The gardens are immaculate and the whole scene very tranquil and peaceful (hard to say if there are 100s of tourists there!). Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The temple itself didn't impress me as much as I expected but the gardens were breathtaking. The sand garden is unique and the rest of the garden area was just really, really pretty. One of my favorite places I visited in Kyoto for this reason. Also there's a hill that has some good views that was really nice as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Even though its big brother Kinkaku-ji seems to steal the limelight, the Silver Pavillion and its gardens really are the jewel in the crown! The meticulously raked gravel mound is pretty cool but the gardens are absolutely gorgeous. Many little waterfalls and ponds, moss covers most of the grounds and the view over the Pavillion and the rest of Kyoto... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Follow the walking trail to get a great view of the city! And enjoy a nice beverage at the end of your walk, once you get down from the walking climb - back the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I really loved this on. Went on a sunday. Busy but not too bad. The garden was my fav out of all the temples and shrines. The Mountain of sand was unique.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A quiet oasis on the outskirts of Kyoto, easily accessible by local bus (particularly useful is the express Raku Bus No. 101), the Ginkaku-ji or "Silver" Temple would be worth a visit when the renovations are complete or the entrance fee of 600yen is reduced to match the reduced experience. A pleasant stroll around a wonderful garden however not possible... More

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