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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 #11 of 386 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I actually preferred the Ginkaku-ji temple to the more famous Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji built by the owner's grandfather. The latter with its extensive use of gold is more stunning, but i found this smaller structure and grounds more intimate and beautiful in its relative simplicity. I loved the clean lines of the dry garden and the austere colour of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Despite the hoards of travellers in Kyoto for Autumn Leaves, I arrived at Ginkakuji just on opening and am glad I did, as the crowds were no where near as thick as the other temples I visited. The gardens are immaculate, and the temple itself, stunning. A great spot with moss covered rocks, flaming autumn leaves and a lush traditional... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Whilst this temple is not in itself large, nor for that matter silver, I love this place for its lovely, simple garden and tranquility. It is also at the end, or start, of the Philosophers Path. A great place to end a day sightseeing in Kyoto.

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Mexicali, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

As part of a sightseeing bus, we stopped at Ginkakuji Temple. A short walk around the temple provided the best autumn colors so far. The temple is not that impressive, but the view from the top certainly is.

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washington, dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This garden is the nicest one we saw in Japan. Built into the side of the mountain, it had sand, rock, water and plant elements in total harmony. The path takes one away from the crowds and into a lush environment resplendent with Fall color. Even the fallen leaves were inspirational.

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Cantley, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The gardens, architecture, serenity, and general feeling make this a much more pleasant place to visit than many of the other, busier places, such as Kinkaku-ji. Don't miss it.

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Lorton, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This is the Silver temple, that unlike the Golden temple - Kinkaku-ji - was not actually painted silver. However, they have some lovely gardens, a great view over Kyoto and a very special stone garden.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

The Silver Pavilion is situated in a lovely, tranquil and well-maintained garden. The temple is easily accessible on numerous bus routes including 5, 100 and 203/4, and is a great way to start the philosopher's walk.

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Honolulu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

This is a small building by comparison with its famous golden counsin on the other side of Kyoto. The garden is very pretty, but also small, but it manages to change levels often enough to give the impression of a much larger garden. The pools are crystal clear and the raked sand is interesting with its truncated cone dominating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

For me the well-maintained gardens were the main attraction. They were simply so well done. This along with Kiyomizudera and Kinkakuji I feel are must-sees in Kyoto.

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