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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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There are lots of temples to visit in Kyoto and I would certainly put this in my top 5 must visit. Nice to tie a visit here with a walk down the Philosophers path to the south.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The temple itself is not very beautiful. The garden is very nice but there are lots of tourists and it is very noisy and crowded. Either you go maybe first thing in the morning to avoid the crowd, you might be able to appreciate it better. I wouldn't bother to go if I do not have much time. It is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

There are lots of temples to visit in Kyoto and I would certainly put this in my top 5 must visit. Nice to tie a visit here with a walk down the Philosophers path to the south.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Small and boring. Better spend time travelling to the Kinkaku-ji Temple instead or visit any nearby temple. Seriously.

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Sibiu, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We visited only the Gardens. We were impressed. Extremely peaceful and arranged, all things have a clearly defined spot, everything seems to fall into precise places. It looks impecable, almost perfect. And so peacefull. As for the temple we could not visit it inside. SO my review is onl for the outside area of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful experience! Getting there can be a little long way ( an hour aproximatley)by bus number 5 or 100, but I would recommend you take number 5 since is a little less crowded than 100 and if you ask an officer he immediatley will tell you to get number 100 ' cuse its stop is right where all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

when you've visited kinkakuji temple first, you've set expectation very high. i went here and was expecting a temple covered in silver but no. then i realised there's a silver thingy at the top and then you make the most out of it since you are already there, and then you realise that this temple's garden landscape is way better... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous gardens, beautiful temple. Even the crowds of people didn't hamper our enjoyment of this temple. One of the highlights of Kyoto.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

the introduction paper that we got after paying the entrance fee promises a lot...like anicent paints, but what you are going to get is jus a walk around a japanese garden. to be honest, if i know, i won't bother going in...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I summed up a day of templing the Philosopher's Path with Ginkaku-ji and was very unimpressed with it. It was the low part of the day. They call it the Silver Pavillion but it was dark and dreary. The gardens were alright- I've seen much better (especially in Otsu). If you're doing the Philosopher's Path I'd hit this up but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Of the 2 days we had in Kyoto, we had miserable weather...showers and gloomy and overall, wet. I was really impressed with the lovely grounds around the Pavillion and the garden. And enjoyed the overall scenery and grounds very much:) It looked beautiful despite the gloomy weather, unlike it's Golden counterpart, which was underwhelming for me, due to the rainy... More 

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