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Ginkaku-ji Temple

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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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Loved it much better than the gold temple.. The garden where amazing and upon leave strongly would recommend doing the philosophers walk

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Loved it much better than the gold temple.. The garden where amazing and upon leave strongly would recommend doing the philosophers walk

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Different from the golden temple, the silver temple is more low profile, the main attraction are the sand art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The shrine is like any other japanese shrine, but the garden and the zen-garden together increased the visual appeal many folds. With added autumn colors, the place looked quite mesmerizing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The silver pavilion by itself is not extraordinary but the whole experience in the garden in the temple precincts specially during the fall season is an experience not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Compared with the golden pavilion Kinkakuji, the silver pavilion is less attractive, but the temple grounds are bigger and more interesting, including some ponds and a sand garden. The admission is a couple hundred yen more than Kinkaji, about 600, for this reason (I assume). If you're in Kyoto deciding which temples to visit and which to skip (there are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Visited this temple in a sunny afternoon, loved the garden, very nicely designed and maintained. beautiful colour even in winter!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Ginkaku-ji temple is one of the most favorite tourist spots for me. I was born in Kyoto, so I've been to there several time. I feel better whenever I visit there. Beautiful garden and cultivated Kannonden. That's just "MIYABI" (simple, refined, and not silver). If you go sightseeing in Kyoto for one day, I recommend you start from this point.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I went there quite late since I didn't check the open hour before, so I entered the temple just 10 minutes before the gate closed. Well, another reason was I wasted 45 mins in walking from train station, which I thought was close enough for walking, to the temple. So everyone please, take a bus!!!! I'd to pay like 600yen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The gardens are beautiful, the pavilion is not silver as the name suggests though so don't expect to see a bright silver pavilion. The gardens and view from the hill top are lovely. combine this with the walk of philosophy it makes for a beautiful day trip or half day if you walk fast and ignore the small shops on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This particular shrine is quite pretty but you would think you are in downtown Sydney with the amount of westerners there. Particularly overrun by lunchtime. Much nicer is to turn left at the gates and climb the mountain above the shrine, if you have a spare 1-2 hours, it gives amazing views of the valley. Lots of steps though.

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