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Ginkakuji Temple

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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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2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It is best to get there early in the morning when it opens at 8:30 am., 30 min. earlier than other premier sites open in Kyoto. The temple, literally translated as 'Silver Pavilion', was originally built in the 15th century as a retirement villa for...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank DasKind
Reviewed 1 week ago

Obviously no comparison with the Golden Pavilion but still a pleasant walk. Just follow the circular path around the grounds. We then walked the underwhelming Philosopher's Path to the Nanzenji Temple. Admission ¥500 (£3.70) Take bus 100 from bus stop D1 at the Central bus...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Tigertribal
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Ginkakuji Temple on June 8th with my family and we walked the grounds and the garden. After walking up the noisy commercial alley to the temple, Ginkakuji seemed very peaceful and serene. There was a very nice garden in the back and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Cavalierjim
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tranquil and magnificent gardens surround The Silver Pavillion. A lesser crowded area providing a tranquil setting with precise pebble gardens, well tended moss gardens and a place to escape the hustle and bustle

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank lesleynankivell
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A popular spot but very lovely all the same. It would be even better if they limited the number of visitors at any one time for the ¥500 fee. Unfortunately it can feel a bit of a route march with people ahead and right behind...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kittie01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Ginkaku-ji (aka Silver Pavilion) was built in the 1480s as a retirement home for the then shogun. The plan was for it to be coated in silver leaf. However, scholars believe he ran out of money. After his death, the pavilion was converted into...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 712melaniee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My advice would be to go early, as it does fill up quickly, on a beautiful sunny morning. Honestly, the temple is gorgeous, but it's even more gorgeous because of its surroundings. The zen garden nearby, its placement in the whole of the garden, and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank larryjman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrive late in the afternoon. Less people, good light. Nice walk in the garden. A nice place to see.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Swiss_mad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ginkakuji Temple is also known as the silver pavillon. I did not really see silver there, but it’s still a very nice temple where you can enjoyed a little walk in the beautiful garden. You also have a nice view a little bit up. It’s...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Initially it looked like another tourist trap but was much more. This temple had an entry fee of 300 yen, which was worth every cent! This was the best garden we saw on our journey around Honshu island. It is also the beginning or end...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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November 18, 2018|
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Response from Carlos K | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I cannot tell you which bus to take. But if you use google maps, or any other app of the kind, you will have directions on how to travel. It is not difficult to move around Kyoto. There are plenty of buses. Enjoy your... More
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March 26, 2018|
Response from CHM_LifeIsGood | Reviewed this property |
Hi Andy, the temple is very easy access by public transport. We took bus from Kyoto Station, the only compliant we have is the bus journey is a bit too long. But if you have time, it is also a way to see different parts of... More
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Response from mscherie07 | Reviewed this property |
Jacqui, the best that we did when we were in Ginkakuji last year was to head southward along the stone paved path --the Philosopher's path for a refreshing walk. Another 2 minutes from the path is the Ginkakujimae bus stop... More