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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 #10 of 368 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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Ridgefield, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The Ginkakuji Zen Temple was originally establlshed in 1482 by Ashikaga Yosimasa, the eighth Muromachi Shoungate. It is often referred to as Kannonden or the Silver Pavilion. This is a very peaceful spot with meandering paths, a magnificent Zen Garden that features waves and Mt Fuji, flowers and a profound feeling of spirituality. The Pavilion was originally supposed to be... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Actually it's not silver. It was once black lacquer and the reflection looked silver. Now it's wood without the lacquer, but still gorgeous. A lovely visit

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

really interesting, the nicest garden (I thought) in Kyoto. similar pavilion to the gold pavilion, but it seemed to be a lot quieter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

For a small fee, you can stroll along the very beautiful gardens inside! It is not very big or small, good for walking around. The shops alongside the road leading uphill to the temple was also good and interesting, check them out! Overall, I could sit here all day if I wanted to.

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Ann Arbor MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Jewel of a temple with spectacular wet and dry zen gardens. Beautiful moss over the overlying hills which can be walked easily. Perfect for moon watching, just as the Shogun builder wanted. Beautifully kept by attentive staff, think the Yosemite of Kyoto. An easy walk to the philosophers path. Not to be missed.

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china
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The best bits were the raked-sand and -stone gardens, and the beautiful landscaped gardens in themselves. The wooden-structured edifices are par for the course...seen one, seen 'em all. Yep, I know that might sound a tad harsh...but harsh as it sounds, 'tis true! It is still worth a visit, imvho, and is even more impressive than the Golden Temple -... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

These temples are located right in the city of Kyoto, yet they are very peaceful. Be sure to admire the designs in the zen gardens.

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Genève
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The place is very nice and the path around is relaxing. The trees around the Temple are so nice and the place is quiet (if not too many people). You have to do this one if you come to Kyoto (or come to Kyoto to see it...)

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Preferred this place to the Kinkakuji temple. Not as busy. The walk to the top of the hill was easy and rewarded with lovely views.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The silver pavilion is not as grandeur as the golden pavilion, however we found it a little more quiet, and the gardens are also quite quaint.

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