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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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Worth the walk just to see the buildings and the gardens, a must see. Take your time to wander along the pathways and enjoy the beautiful trees and gardens.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Worth the walk just to see the buildings and the gardens, a must see. Take your time to wander along the pathways and enjoy the beautiful trees and gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The best part of this temple is the surrounding garden. Its beautifully designed and probably will look gorgeous all year round. I went in Spring, and the hills were a splendid green with bursts of bright orange and pink flowers! Tip: Make sure you get to the viewpoint for a bird's eye view of Kyoto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Ginkaku Ji is a lovely place to enjoy a walk. The garden is beautiful. I managed to catch an amazing sun set by visiting during the last available slot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Summary: If you like to take pictures, then this is the right place. This temple is extremely well-preserved and is located in a very large garden lush with plants. The temple itself sits in front of a lake which allows for some great pictures with reflections (depending on the weather) and family photos. You'll have to fight the crowds a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We tough this was one of the finest temples and gardens in Kyoto. The temple is quite simple, but the setting with the pond and the gardens is exquisite. Thoroughly enjoyed walking through the grounds and seeing the ever changing garden and views of the temple. Also, not as crowded as Kinkaku-ji and overall, a much more pleasant experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

good. when you plan to tour around kyoto you must go here first before going to kinkakuji. on the way here i really thought its color were 銀。and im a bit disappointed since its color wsnt gin.but anyway its so relaxing in here and the landscape were awesome. ❤

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We first tried to visit Ginkaku-ji after lunch but just at the entrance itself there were already so many people that we thought it best to wait the next day. We came around 9 AM the following day and were rewarded with less crowds as well as cooler weather. This made our stroll through the grounds more enjoyable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Lovely garden but Pavilion was smaller than expected. We went right after the sakura season so perhaps were little underwhelmed by the lack of flowers. However, there is a lovely bamboo grove surrounding part of the garden too.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This was our second visit to the "Silver Pavilion" (it's not rally silver, but I won't ruin the story) as I love the gardens so much. It is so beautiful and the zen garden are stunning. If you have time, approach it by walking or riding down the "Philosophers Path", a beautiful path by a canal that leads to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Visited this site in May and the weather was great. The site is well worth a visit and I would allow about 1 hour for the visit. The buildings are great and the trail is extremely interesting.

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