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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 372 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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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Reached this temple by bus. Walked up a nice street filled with shops to get to the temple a the top. Entering into the temple you were immediately filled with a sense of peace. Walking past the wonderfully sculpted rock garden and up into the moss laden trees was very relaxing. The grounds offered a great view of Kyoto. The... More

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Ginkaku-ji Temple building itself is basically a copy of a much more spectacular "Golden Pavillion" (Kinkaku-ji). Despite the name, the only silver on it is the phoenix on top; the building itself is dark wood and white paneling. The Golden Temple's setting, on a reflective pond, is much more spectacular as well. But what the Silver Pavillion complex gives up... More

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Ferlach, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

at this temple the temple isnt that interesting but the garden and the surrounding nature is very impressive and beautiful! and on the top of the hill u can see Kyoto ;)

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Maybe it is heresy, but I would say that Ginkaku-ji is overall prettier than Kinkaku-ji. I especialy liked the garden and mount Fuji made from sand. It is very pretty in autumn (as almost everything in Japan) but little crowded.

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This temple is not as majestic as the gold one, but well worth a visit because of its lovely garden. Try to go early because it's great when it's quiet.

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This temple relies on you paying to get into the grounds whereas many other temple complexes have open grounds and perhaps one or two inner temples that have a small fee. This temple is pleasant enough and has a walk that takes you into the hill above the main temple and gives great views over the main temple with Kyoto... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Having been to mamy temples in western kyoto, southern kyoto, including this temple, didn't really have the same feel, and beauty. A lovely garden but as there are so many temples in Kyoto...I would choose many others over this one. A temple to visit at the end of a trip...if you're running out of things to do.

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This temple would be very nice to see and a top site in any other city, but in Kyoto I would rate it to be average even if it is very nice. The city simply has so many good (or better) alternatives. If you are short on time I would recommend other sites, such as Fushimi-Inari, Kinkaku-ji, Yasaka-temple and Kyomizu-temple.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The temple itself is a must see, the entrance to the temple is astonishing too. The grounds and gardens surrounding the temple are just so gorgeous, it's like a magical forest. If Kyoto is a stop for you, this is a must see place!

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We arrived just after the temple opened. There were virtually no people there, which made it easy to enjoy the landscaping in the beautiful garden at our own leisurely pace. Highly recommended.

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