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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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and easy walking through them. I loved this nearly as much as The Golden Pavilion, but then there was very little I didn't love about all of Japan during Hanami. Kyoto has so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

and easy walking through them. I loved this nearly as much as The Golden Pavilion, but then there was very little I didn't love about all of Japan during Hanami. Kyoto has so much to offer the tourist looking for authenticity of old Nippon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a great first stop for a day of sight-seeing in eastern Kyoto. The temple and its planted and dry gardens were, for me, more satisfying than the top-rated golden pavilion. Walking around the curving paths, which are constructed at differing elevations, provides constantly changing views of the buildings and gardens. If you get here early, you can enjoy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

the temples are ALWAYS amazing especially for a western tourist like me. Personally I found that this temple didn't really stand out to me except for the ancient raked rock garden. As per usual the garden surrounding is beautiful!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a treat you should not miss while in Kyoto. The most amazing observation of culture and tradition. We went to this shrine to see the buildings and the gardens. but we got so much more. One can actually rent a kimono complete with hair and make up for women and man and make your way up the hill... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

maybe the most beautiful place i visited in Kyoto, you must as everywhere go early, before the crowds. The place is not very big, but the pavillon, the amazing pond and zen garden are worth evey second of it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The temple is amazing.You can have a view every step.No joking.Even in winter,you can feel the temple's charm.I think it's much better than Kinkaku Temple cause you can enjoy in peace.Not so many vistors i the morning.On the tp bridge,the view is gorgous.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Not so incredible as the Golden Pavillion (Kinkaku-ji Temple) but worth the visit. Two stories with different styles and an emotional Mount Fuji made of sand. Fee at the entrance: ¥ 500.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

When you first walk in through the garden path, you'll notice a beautifully arranged garden with sand dune zen paths, and then you'll notice several traditional houses but notice that you won't actually see a "Silver Pavillion", which is what is so distinctly called in Japanese. I was a little disappointed by that, because I was expecting to see a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Visited there in the northeast part of the city. Grounds are nice and the complex is well maintained. But when hears this referred to as the Silver pavilion and conjures up some comparison with the Golden pavilion (Kinkakuji) it is a disappointment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The temple has an interesting Japanese garden and a walk path uphill into the temple's forest. This is a good place to come and find your peace of mind. To get to this temple is easy. The best deal is go to the Tourist Information Center by the train station. They have city map for free, and they also sell... More 

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