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Ginkaku-ji Temple

Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-771-5725
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Ranked #9 of 511 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was supposed to have been finished...
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This was the only temple we visited in Kyoto, so I have nothing to compare this to. Nonetheless, it was an experience I'm glad not to have missed. We arrived late in the afternoon (4pm) on a winter's day, and there were still a considerable number of visitors. The name of the temple means the Temple of the Silver Pavilion... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

the most beautiful garden in kyoto. Kinkakuji is famous for tourists, because it's golden. Ginkakuji is more more beautiful than any other temples in kyoto. In this Kansai region, kokoen garden in himeji is the most beautiful garden, and then this ginkakuji garden. Good place to walk, to be in nature, to have rest in handmade garden. By city bus... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gardens and atmosphere, much preferred it over Kinkakuji which is the main tourist hotspot in Kyoto, very enjoyable and can't stress enough how beautiful the gardens are here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

i loved ginkaku-ji much more than kinkakuji. park and zen gardens are gorgeus, inspite the crowds, it is a must see, definitely. one of my favorite spots in Kyoto so far.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Unfortunately it was cold and lightly raining whilst we were there, which may have given a negative picture, but in the absence of any flowering plants, this place was stark. The winding path through the garden was well done and gave a feeling of intrigue, wondering what was going to be around the next corner. In spring, it would be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Everyone concentrates on the two piles of stone in the garden but these are actually from the Edo period. There are two very important buildings - the pagoda and the residence on the left above the pond as you enter. This was the shogun's residence and he was responsible for the introduction to Japanese culture of many things that we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Visit my blog and let me share with you my sakura-viewing route! http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-y Honestly it is not the top of my visiting list, but it's close the Philosopher's walk and the path just look stunning in spring time. Take a turn when you reach the temple and you could walk around the shops on the street and take the bus... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you have seen the golden temple (kinkakuji) and know a little Japanese, you might expect ginkakuji to be pretty impressive and covered in silver (as the name implies). I did, and I was pretty disappointed with the structure, which isnt much to look at really. Anyway, the gardens around the temple are really great. There is lots of bamboo,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I admit the first time I visited Ginkaku-ji I was a little disappointed because I was expecting to see a silver version of Ginkaku-ji the Golden Pavilion. However, after reading more about Japanese history and style I came to appreciate Ginkaku-ji more. If you ask many Japanese people which they like better they'll usually say Ginkaku-ji rather than Kinkaku-ji which... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This was visited in the winter and it must be very scenic in the spring/summer. I found it interesting but sorta ho-hum. There are many many places to visit in Kyoto and this would not be on the top of the list. Pretty, original structures...but nothing to wow you.

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