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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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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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A beautiful Temple

A cool beautiful temple, lots of history and very relaxing an chilled. Arrive early if possible to miss the crowds of people to give it that special experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kevla88
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Mojokerto, Indonesia
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to many temples in Kyoto, but this temple is not my favorite. The scenery is magnificent but the temple itself is quite small.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A cool beautiful temple, lots of history and very relaxing an chilled. Arrive early if possible to miss the crowds of people to give it that special experience.

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Thank Kevla88
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Peaceful place with lovely Temple and garden. Silver pavilion if I remember correctly. You can smell the moss and enjoy garden arrangements. Beautiful!

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Thank Milica S
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are so many temples in kyoto and nara and this one feels like average. Very famous so you should not miss it but otherwise not much to see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The garden here is unbelievable beautiful and zen. It was so relaxing and not nearly as crowded as the golden pavilion we saw earlier in the day. It's easily accessible by bus. There is plenty of great shopping around the temple as well.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I find this temple very beautiful and relaxing. Perhaps the time I went was not that crowded, I had time to enjoy the beauty unlike Kinkaku-Ji. My gardens was definitely much much more beautiful than the former. I really could enjoy the serenity, calmness and the outlay of the garden. As you hike up to the top, you can see... More 

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Thank Lionel L
Cayman Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

you feel like you are taking a step back in time. Feel the history wash over you and enjoy the peace and serenity of the temple. I went about 15 years ago.

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Killarney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I came here after visiting the golden temple therefore was very disappointed I have to say. The temple is average in winter, I am sure it will be so much better in autum with all the different colours from the surrounding trees.

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Vancouver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With all the choices of temples and gardens to visit, we are not sure if we would rate this temple as a must see. It is very crowded and not that spectacular in the offseason. It does lead to the philosopher's walk and other beautiful scenery so start here for the walk but I am not sure if needs to... More 

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Quezon City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another noteworthy temple in Kyoto. The autumn colors gave this site a different personality. I admire how the Japanese made something so simple yet beautiful. Must-visit while in the city along with the other temples

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