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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 #13 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Ginkakuji Temple, built in 1482. It reflects moonlight hence the name (Silver Temple), the Ginsyadan represents white waves. When the temple was built in the 1480s as a retirement home for the then shogun, the plan was for it to be coated in silver leaf. Scholars believe he ran out of money before they got to that part of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I prefer the Ginkaku-ji temple over its similarly name cousin the Kinkaku-ji temple for a number of reasons, and I would definitely come back here again on my next trip. For one thing, the gardens at Kinkaku-ji temple are much more ornate, with more variety and a nice trail that leads up the hillside, with good views out across the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

The pavillion is nice (neve because silver...) but it is the area of the garden that make it so special. The garden is just beautifull. If you are planning to do the philosopher's path i would say that it is worth to visit this pavillion (since it is so close by on the top). You need to pay, i think... More

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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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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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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

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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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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