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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The natural gardens that follow the undulation of the land is charming. So is the hike amidst the cedar trees. At the top, one sees a panoramic view of the shrines and trees, so refreshing! As I am a student of art history, this place and its architecture are special to me. Tips: Spring and the Autumn are better seasons... More

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Speers Point, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Ginkaku-ji was the first temple we visited on a recent trip to Kyoto. And it was a great start! The temple buildings are unique and well preserved and the grounds are spectacular. Pluses: The 'Karesansui' or rock gardens, small crowds, sand sculpting (which was underway during our visit), large grounds with nice views over northern Kyoto. Negatives: Long (but interesting)... More

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Lisbon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place. It's gorgeous, and so so peaceful. It helps that there weren't many people around. The gardens are so inspiring and relaxing. Just sit there and enjoy the peacefulness.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We chose one of the hottest days of the year with tempertures soaring to 37C. The gardens provided a cooling cover from the penetrating heat of the sun. Immacuately groomed gravel added a zen balance to the ponds and trees and structures. The mind is calmer for having visited it realigning the positive energy within. Spend some time in these... More

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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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