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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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Nice temple grounds

Not much to see or do besides walking around the temple grounds. Unlike other temples we have visited you cannot enter any of the buildings. The walking path takes you all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Not much to see or do besides walking around the temple grounds. Unlike other temples we have visited you cannot enter any of the buildings. The walking path takes you all around the grounds which were pretty and nice to walk through.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Before I visited Kyoto, I did some research at the hotel in Osaka. I was reading someone's experience. He/she mentioned this one together with the golden one. With a lot choices, I decided to list this one in my one-day trip. After I arrived at Kyoto, I found this one listed in the local selections. After visiting the golden one,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I actually thought this was one of the more beautiful temples, particularly the gardens. The name "Silver Pavillon" refers more to the relationship of the builder to that of the Golden Pavillon builder, so yes, it is definitely not made of silver. There are great viewpoints from up higher in the grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed my visit here. The rock garden was beautiful, relaxing and contemplative. We went in late afternoon so there were only a few people. I think this helped a lot in enjoying the place. We were able to sit, relax and really take in the garden. The Temple is actually quite small but it fitted the site and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I have no idea why they called silver pavilion. Entrance fee 400 yen. Good nature sightseeing. If you like nature this temple offer different taste. Too many temple in kyoto. Choose wisely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We visited about a dozen temples in Kyoto but this one had the best zen garden of them all. Really enjoyed our stroll through the rock garden, paths and over bridges. From here, walk the philospher's path to Nanzen-ji temple

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Kyoto is dotted with numerous temples and some are really small compressed together within a small district. This Ginkaku-ji is the Silver Pavilion Temple and different from Kinkaku-ji, the Gold Pavilion Temple. Ginkaku-ji is 15 minutes' walk from BnB Juno, which was a good attraction for me to spend my morning before heading the for the train station for my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was a stunning place to visit, and in my top three things to see in Japan. We went on a misty day which just highlighted the magnificence of the place. There is a wonderful peacefulness which just seems to stay with you a while.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I went in July in the middle of the rainy season. It was hot and wet, but the temple is absolutely beautiful. I went around noon the first day and it was packed with mostly Chinese tourists. I go for photos and am pretty patient as photographers must be, but I was frustrated with people walking and standing in front... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This temple is not made of Silver unlike the name! It is built by the son of a historian who owns the Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji. The place is very zen-like and the stroll around the garden is nice and peaceful.

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Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-771-5725
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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