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Ginkaku-ji Temple

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Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
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Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was...

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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Temple with nice garden

Like Kinkakuji, walk on the pathway through the garden. The main building is located in the front entrance and it made from wood, unlike Kinkakuji it's nothing associate with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

A sister to the Golden Pavilion, the silver temple attraction is a good way to start the popular walk. Unlike its sister there is no silver temple today - the roof is thatched. But makes good photos and has beautiful gardens. There also is a cool rock garden along the paved walk. Thirty minutes enough here. Enjoyable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Like Kinkakuji, walk on the pathway through the garden. The main building is located in the front entrance and it made from wood, unlike Kinkakuji it's nothing associate with silver as its name.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a busy temple in terms of tourist volume. The day I visited people would enter and follow a circular path up the mountain and around to the exit passing the Zen temple and some nice moss gardens, a mini waterfall and pond (you can throw in a coin) and pine trees on the way. There is a magnificent... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would say that my Kyoto Trip was one of the memorable experienced I had. The town is in traditional Japanese life style with stunning garden and temples. I was crossing in the street when I saw 3 ladies in national dress just roaming around and if you are lucky you will see Geisha. I look forward to go back... More 

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not to compare with the Golden temple, but still nice to visit. The way to the temple has nice stores. I was lucky to just getting up and seeing a procession of monks.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just nearby the philosophers path, this is a nice small but beautiful temples. My favourite part is the grey sand mounds in the gardens. If theres a alot of people, there will be a lot of waiting in line and bustling cause the temple can't hold that many people. Still worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The main attraction is the garden, and it is stunning! Nothing I could say, or amount of photos could do this place justice. Make sure you go!

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The silver palace. Opposite to the gold one features sand rivers and a Forrest. Close to budist temples and the philosophical walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had visited Ginkaku-ji in Automn when leaves were turning red. I wanted my family to experience the visit of the Zen-temple. Time stops when you enter the temple. Buildings are spread arround the park, in a well organised visit path. going up the hill allows you to discover a very old traditional Japanese house and on you way down,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Usually cited as the 'little brother' to the Kinkaku-ji. This temple has its own draws. Though the temple building by itself is not as magnificent as the Kinkaku-ji, it's surrounding landscape and well sculpted garden are the main reasons for it's attraction. Even though we went on a day with a heavy downpour, we couldn't help but make 2 rounds... More 

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