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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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One of the better temples

Great temple near the philosophers walk to visit. The talent of the gardeners and sand sculpting is excellent with not a leaf out of place

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great temple near the philosophers walk to visit. The talent of the gardeners and sand sculpting is excellent with not a leaf out of place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Ginkaku-ji is not about the temple itself but about the surrounding gardens. You may think that you are in paradise as you walk around. Outside the temple you can write in a piece of wood your wish (the Japanese leave them there but you can take it back home!).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

it is a beautiful place for visit. better to visit at after noon time. The Temple is actually quite small but it fitted the site and garden so perfectly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

When I went to Ginkaku-ji Temple it was quite expensive but totally worth the trip and the price. It was very peaceful and true to the roots of feudal Japan. I am happy that I went here because it made me realize allot of things about nature and history. Especially about the outcome of war. Because of the tree that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Lovely and lucky to be there when it wasn't too crowded. Probably one my favorite places to visit in Japan. It is 500 Yen to get in and you see the temple immediately. It is beautiful, though not silver. You follow along the route which is a gentle walk around the area, seeing the temple from different angles and distances.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It's a great walk around the garden and we even went to the tea house which was a wonderful experience. We also bought a great souvenir from the gift shop! Really beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Zen-style garden of this temple is what we enjoyed most. It has beautiful views of Kyoto. Больше всего нам запомнился сад в стиле дзен. Из него открываются прекрасные виды на Киото!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Very nice and easy to visit this temple by city bus. I do love all the landscape and area in this temple,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

the temple itself is nice but nothing extraordinary. But the garden is worth every cents you paid, it is really an amazingly beautiful garden. You should really visit it. I went in the morning and there weren't that many people, so it made even more hauntingly beautiful !!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

we walked to it from the philosophers walk which was definitely a highlight of our visit. although unable to enter the buildings they were quite beautiful enough with the gardens to make this visit worthwhile.

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