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Ginkaku-ji Temple

2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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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 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
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"silver pavilion"
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"sand garden"
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"philosopher's path"
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"raked sand"
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"philosophers walk"
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"zen garden"
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"gardens are beautiful"
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"take your time"
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"kyoto city"
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"nice walk"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The sand is really nice builded and the best pictures are made in the beginning. Halfway there is a nice moment for pictures while looking over the city. Nice trees to look at but sometimes a bit boring

Thank jeroenvandervelden
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really nice temple, but the gardens are the highlight. A long walk up the Philosopher's path ending with a walk through the marketplace on the road up the hill to this Temple is a great outing. One of the highlights of my...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Though not as showy as the Golden Pavilion. the Ginkaku-ji Temple, or Silver Pavilion, is nonetheless a beautiful building modeled after the former. The resemblance is not surprising as the latter was built in the late 1400s by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the grandson of...More

Thank Jeffrey D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although it’s really crowded this temple is just beautiful. You have nice views of the city plus amazing different gardens. The most impressive and different one is the zen garden, worth the visit.

Thank Esther G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to visit. It takes 01h00 maximum for full visit. Japanese wet and dry gardens, some buildings and bridges over water. Very nice spot to take romantic pictures. Besides, there is a walk on mount where there is a great view on kyoto. I...More

Thank Pascal J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a wonderful temple with a Zen feeling to it. Was a bit crowded when we visited but that's not enough to make you avoid the temple. It has a very unique feeling to it. It's the first temple to the philosophers walk and there...More

Thank Zoe k
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the golden temple on a day where the sky changes with clouds offers a spectatcular viewing experience. This is one opf those temples you must see.

Thank Giovanni D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my 1st port of call when I went to Kyoto. I was stunned by the calmness & peace I found just walking through the grounds. I would highly recommend this temple as it's not so busy & much more quiet. I went at...More

Thank Adam R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would definitely recommend to visit this place, very photogenic with its stone garden, pine trees and bamboo grove on the hill! Besides, there are lots of interesting temples and shrines along the nearby Philosopher’s Path. It’s true that the Kinkaku-ji (Golden pavilion) is more...More

Thank CatherineBulg
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is one of the most beautiful garden in Japan. It is a small and very charming place. I recommend seeing it in the early morning or late afternoon. The light is beautiful at this time and also is less crowded

Thank BeatrizPerrel
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Andy M
March 26, 2018|
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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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JACQUELINE E
March 26, 2017|
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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
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