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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 340 attractions in Kyoto
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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East Mids
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

For me this was the most beautiful place in Kyoto. Yes, it was crowded at the height of the cherry blossom season but its sheer beauty and the peace that it creates meant that everyone was almost silent as they followed the path up and around the garden. Crowds in Kyoto are in any case different to crowds found anywhere... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful gardens, wonderfully landscaped. Not a large area, but nice to see nonetheless. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The silver pavilion, which you see shortly after entering the grounds, is pretty, but the real attractions at Ginkakuji are the sand garden and moss garden. Upon entering the temple you walk on a circular path through the grounds, getting a close look at the impressive sand garden with large sand cone before heading up higher into the grounds, where... More

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We had been to Kinkaku-Ji earlier in the week. This temple hasn't the breathtaking pavilion, however it does have the most lovely dry garden. You walk around a path which affords views from many angles. It is a very lovely place. You aren't going to miss it anyway if you are visiting Kyoto. I would be surprised if it disappointed.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The formations of sand and the moonlight relecting sand pile are absolutely, fantastically beautiful. We went at the end of the Philosopher's Walk and this was the perfect way to cap the day. The sheer beauty of the sand will remain with me forever. It's busy. So what. Many amazing things in the world are busy. Absolutely no reason to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It is not a big garden but the walk was fascinating and breathtaking. Worth visiting. The shops leading to this temple is lined with restaurants and souvenirs. We had lunch, ice cream and a rice drink. All good!

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

And too commercialized. Not convenient to center. And all this for one gold-plated replica of original burned building. Nevermind

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I thought the garden was incredible. I can't imagine the time it must take to create the lines in the sand. It is very crowded so maybe hit it early before tour groups. Also get the green tea ice cream on the road leading up to it. It is very good.

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The walkway around the temple has beautiful gardens and are really my favorite thing to see. I particularly like the perfectly shaped sand that was raked by hand. Not sure what its called "sand garden". The stone steps across the pond were another place to take really nice photo. Ginkakuji means silver temple. The temple is not silver but made... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Very busy. This is reflected in how cordoned off the entire area is. Better temples/shrines worth visiting.

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