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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 383 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I didn't understand the big mound in the sand garden, but the wooded moss-covered grounds are a sight to behold. Every time I've been there, it is quiet and there are so many little nooks and corners to photograph or just appreciate for their loveliness. Ginkaku-ji does not seem to be quite the tourist magnet that Kinkaku-ji is, and that... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The temple itself was not very outstanding but the garden was amazing! You can really see the effort put in to decorate the place. Compared to the other well known attractions, this one is less crowded, which was quite nice.

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

In some ways better than Kinkakuji. It's smaller but more refined. I guess it reflects the styles of their builders. Ginkakuji was built by an artistically inclined Shogun during the Muromachi shogunate, while Kinkakuji was built by Hideyoshi, notorious for golden themes and less culturally refined. Also highly recommended to take the Philosopher's path from Nanzenji to get here. It's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This was one of my favorite places in Kyoto. Not as crowded as some of the others, also on a hill/mountain, with beautiful scenery, and a tall forest backing it. Serene and peaceful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I actually preferred the Ginkaku-ji temple to the more famous Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji built by the owner's grandfather. The latter with its extensive use of gold is more stunning, but i found this smaller structure and grounds more intimate and beautiful in its relative simplicity. I loved the clean lines of the dry garden and the austere colour of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Despite the hoards of travellers in Kyoto for Autumn Leaves, I arrived at Ginkakuji just on opening and am glad I did, as the crowds were no where near as thick as the other temples I visited. The gardens are immaculate, and the temple itself, stunning. A great spot with moss covered rocks, flaming autumn leaves and a lush traditional... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Whilst this temple is not in itself large, nor for that matter silver, I love this place for its lovely, simple garden and tranquility. It is also at the end, or start, of the Philosophers Path. A great place to end a day sightseeing in Kyoto.

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Mexicali, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

As part of a sightseeing bus, we stopped at Ginkakuji Temple. A short walk around the temple provided the best autumn colors so far. The temple is not that impressive, but the view from the top certainly is.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This garden is the nicest one we saw in Japan. Built into the side of the mountain, it had sand, rock, water and plant elements in total harmony. The path takes one away from the crowds and into a lush environment resplendent with Fall color. Even the fallen leaves were inspirational.

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Cantley, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The gardens, architecture, serenity, and general feeling make this a much more pleasant place to visit than many of the other, busier places, such as Kinkaku-ji. Don't miss it.

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