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Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-771-5725
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Description: 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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Ginkaku-ji means "The Silver Pavilion". Why isn't it in silver colour? Ginkaku-ji previously was a villa commissioned by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa (1435 -90) as his retirement... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Ginkaku-ji means "The Silver Pavilion". Why isn't it in silver colour? Ginkaku-ji previously was a villa commissioned by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa (1435 -90) as his retirement villa from the turmoil of civil war. Constructed began in 1460, with lovely Japanese gardens consisting of two contrasting sections that blend harmoniously. The composition of rocks and plants are designed to create different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The temple itself is modest but the amazing gravel sculptured garden and a hillside hike filled with moss gardens under trees is cool and gorgeous

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West Bridgford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I actually prefer Ginkaku-ji to Kinkaku-ji - not that a golden temple isn't amazing - because I think the gardens are nicer and more pleasing to walk around making a more satisfying visit overall.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The temple isn't nearly as scenic as Kinkaku-ji, but the grounds are beautiful. Go for a peaceful walk and then follow philosopher's path do to one of Kyoto's yudofu restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Pretty much the most beautiful temple in Kyoto. Not to be missed for sure! Be sure to go on a Saturday when the local life is out and about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

At the end of the Philosopher's Path is the Ginkaku-ji temple, set among lovely gardens with some stunning zen gardens. A bit crowded, and you are kind of herded through, but try to take your time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Spent a very hot afternoon here in the quiet - its an undiscoveerd place. well worth a visit.I started collecting the temple stamps in a book here and the calligraphy is lovely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Beutiful nature and not to many tourist because of the cloudy weather. We especially liked the walk through the garden with the serene quiet feeling it gave.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

The Silver Temple is not as impressive as the Golden Temple at the other side of Kyoto but it's integration in a wonderful garden compensates for the missing silver. Indeed, don't expect to see any silver, the constructors ran out of budget... but it is worth seeing and very well kept. I was there in early June, the azalea season,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

One of the highlights of my trips to Kyoto. A slow and peaceful walk in the garden that is ginkakuji, shrouded in japanese nature. Beware of crowded moments!

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Address: Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-771-5725
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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