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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 383 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Ladysmith, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The Silver Pavilion is a Zen Buddhist temple in the Higashiyama district near Kyoto's eastern mountains. Considered the counterpart to the Golden Pavilion the roof was never leafed in silver. We had a SGG volunteer guide for the day who outlined some of the history about the pavilion and its original shogun, Yoshimasa. He was considered one of the worst... More

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Best time for visit is at end of afternoon. Try to linger around, so when just before closing time, you will have the time to enjoy the garden almost alone. Maybe the best garden in Kyoto. I like to take my visiting friends here and each time it is even better.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The Silver Temple itself is not the main attraction. The garden was beautiful and the walk up the stairs to the vantage point was really nice. At the vantage point you got to see the temple and garden below as well as some city area. I didn't bother to buy the souvenirs at the gift shop as it is on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Kinkakuji closes at 5:30 so be there well before hand but at the end of the day the sunset across western Kyoto as seen from the temple gardens is beautiful. So much subtler than Kinkakuji as they never got around to coating it with silver, it is a beautiful contrast to it's more ostentatious rival, but you must visit both... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Kinkakuji closes at 5:30 so be there well before hand but at the end of the day the sunset across western Kyoto as seen from the temple gardens is beautiful. So much subtler than Kinkakuji as they never got around to coating it with silver, it is a beautiful contrast to it's more ostentatious rival, but you must visit both... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

You will fall in love with all the temples that you visit in Kyoto. I went here because it is called the Silver Pavilion (opposite of Kinkakuji), but it's not all silver, like I expected to see. It is very beautiful all the same gardens surrounding the pavilion are so peaceful and perfect I was amazed.

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We liked this shrine best. Well worth the walk. One of the mossier gardens, if you find the little tea gardens on the way, stop in for fresh green tea. In fact we walked the whole of Arashyama this day. Many shrines to choose from, a preserved village and the bamboo forest.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Ginkakuji is gorgeous, and also extremely busy. The crowd did not detract from the beautiful temple and gardens, but it did mean that we ended up going a little faster than we would have liked - there is a narrow path around the garden & everyone pretty much walks in single file, keeping pace with the person in front. We... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This was out first temple visit and we really enjoyed it. The building is lovely but not too spectacular. The garden was really nice though and the walk was quite peaceful once the crowds dispersed from the entrance.

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Guam, Mariana Islands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

the temple is disappointing. It's smaller than I expected, underwhelming architecturally, and not accessible (people can only view it from the outside at a distance). Most importantly, it doesn't contain any silver despite its name. The visit was still worthwhile nonetheless. Besides the gardens, the view at the top of the temple grounds was amazing. I also enjoyed strolling through... More

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