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“Beautiful gardens, lovely setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji Temple
2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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Ranked #10 of 403 Attractions in Kyoto
4.5 of 5 stars 1,228 Reviews
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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“Beautiful gardens, lovely setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Beautiful gardens, wonderfully landscaped. Not a large area, but nice to see nonetheless. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The silver pavilion, which you see shortly after entering the grounds, is pretty, but the real attractions at Ginkakuji are the sand garden and moss garden. Upon entering the temple you walk on a circular path through the grounds, getting a close look at the impressive sand garden with large sand cone before heading up higher into the grounds, where you get a beautiful view of the city. The beauty of the gardens made it one of our favorite temples in Kyoto, and the crowds didn't detract from the experience.

Admission is 500 yen per person. There is a small path lined with shops, many of them selling food, as you approach the temple entrance. (I recommend trying the Potatornado.) It's similar to the approach to Kiyomizudera, but on a much smaller scale. If you're looking for a place to eat lunch or dinner near here, I highly recommend getting udon at Omen.

Visited March 2014
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“The garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We had been to Kinkaku-Ji earlier in the week. This temple hasn't the breathtaking pavilion, however it does have the most lovely dry garden. You walk around a path which affords views from many angles. It is a very lovely place. You aren't going to miss it anyway if you are visiting Kyoto. I would be surprised if it disappointed.

Visited April 2014
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“More than breathtaking :) !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The formations of sand and the moonlight relecting sand pile are absolutely, fantastically beautiful. We went at the end of the Philosopher's Walk and this was the perfect way to cap the day. The sheer beauty of the sand will remain with me forever.

It's busy. So what. Many amazing things in the world are busy. Absolutely no reason to not go and see this.

Visited March 2014
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It is not a big garden but the walk was fascinating and breathtaking. Worth visiting. The shops leading to this temple is lined with restaurants and souvenirs. We had lunch, ice cream and a rice drink. All good!

Visited April 2014
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