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Ginkaku-ji 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 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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I missed this place last summer when I just arrived at its door it just passed 5 clock and it’s closed. So I came second time this fall. It was magnificent and in full color of the fall. Love it!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank J G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful gardens in a temple we have seen so far. With the raked sand and trees still in fall colours, this is a must go place in Kyoto

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AndyC474
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first temple and gardens we visited in Kyoto and after viewing many others, we thought it was one of the better ones. Impressive clipped hedges walking up to the entrance. Excellent autumn colours in the garden and some very good 18th century...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful autumn foliage here. We went on a Sunday so it’s a bit crowded but it’s still a nice walk in the moss garden.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank YPl34
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very nice place to take a stroll around the garden. Some of the sites in Kyoto are hard to get to, and to enjoy due to the popularity of the site. The silver pavilion is one that is often skipped over. So...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank MarkGroenewold
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Zen garden is designed for quiet contemplation. A quiet time to contemplate is hard to get in an era when the Temple is a tourist attraction and not a retreat for solitary contemplation. During this most recent visit we were lucky to hit a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank roamer70
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited more than18 gardens in six days in Kyoto as part of our three-week trip to Japan. Taste is very personal. I like gardens that are as carefully composed as a painting. Also gardens change in character from one season to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Donald W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the silver pavillon by early morning in a sunny day at it was really nice. the architecture of the building and the quiet and nice nature surrounding. You can walk through the philosopher path afterward if you plan other temple visits One...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ghorbelma
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Also known as the Philosopher's Path virtually start at the Silver Pavilion. The grounds are beautiful and worth the time to walk through it and see other views of the pavilion.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Warner L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Favorite temple in Japan. Great place for those interested in Japanese architecture and understanding Zen philosophy. Suggest to visit early around 2pm. We were lucky that when we visited around 1pm, the crowd was not huge, and sun was not too harsh for photos as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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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Belfast, United Kingdom
I Need Help for My 2 Day Kyoto Itinerary Pls.. (9 Replies)
Good day Fellas! I will be having a 2 days in Kyoto arriving at night from Kobe. Based on all the sightseeing seems there a lot and I am so confused what to do and see. Can someone suggest itinerary for me based on this sightseeing ive researched: 1. Nishi Hongan-Ji 2. Nijō Castle 3. Myōshin-ji Temple 4. Kinkaku-ji Temple 5.Kamigamo Shrine 6. Ginkaku-ji Temple 7.Kyoto Imperial Palace 8. Gion Corner 9. Kiyomizu-dera Temple 10. Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine 11. Kyoto Tower 12. Toji...More
February 07, 2015|
Response fromAussieBarbara|
We have just crossed that particular bridge in the last couple of weeks when we took a couple of friends to Kyoto for a two-day visit. We took the approach that we would take them to places that were most different from each other. For example, Fushimi Inari Taisha is really unusual, Nijo is the only castle and it's authentically preserved (unlike Osaka-jo), Gion corner is one-of-a-kind but you could walk through Pontocho and Gion corner (and Terramachi, which you didn't mention) one...More
Suzhou, China
Question about my plan (6 Replies)
Guys I will come to Kyoto next week, its really hard for me judge arriving time from one place to another, I will stay in city for whole time, Osaka and Nara I will visit next time. This is what I came out with, does it make sense? I will be grateful for some advice on my plan. I will arrive in Kyoto around 10 PM, leave my luggage at the train station and begin: First Day: 1.Kyoto Tower 2. Nishi- Hogan Ji 3.Toji- temple 4. Nijo Castle: Second Day: 1. Ginkaku-ji Temple ...More
April 05, 2016|
Response fromevilcherry|
I suppose you are in Kyoto 10AM in the morning on the 1st day. You are already on a relatively high pace. Unless you want to squeeze maximum value out of your days your current plan is good enough. Suggestions: - Kyoto tower might not be that interesting so you may leave it for the night. - For day 2 I'd go to Kiyomizudera first, and move north from there, finishing the day at Ginkakuji before heading for dinner. - Kitano Tenmangū is awkward from everywhere (and the plums are already...More
Polly B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Kyoto Itinerary Check (3 Replies)
My cousin and I will be visiting Japan for a little over two weeks this summer. Here's what we have for Kyoto at this point: Jul 7 -Arrive in Kyoto early afternoon (from Tokyo) -leave luggage in lockers at Kyoto station -Visit Fushimi-Inari Shrine -retrieve luggage, check into Air BnB in Higashiyama July 8 -Nijo Castle -Nishiki Market -Nanzen-ji Temple -Philospher's Path (Otoyo Shrine, Honen-in Temple) -Ginkaku-ji Temple July 9 -Kinkaku-ji -Arashiyama Bamboo Forest ...More
May 21, 2017|
Response fromLancashireOldHand|
JR Pass will be of limited use for travel within cities you mention. So don't count on being able to use it a lot while you are sightseeing in cities, but get an electronic card like Pasmo, Suica or ICOCA (they all work in much the same way).