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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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The Silver Palace is a Gem to behold in Kyoto

A city bus ride will take you to the road that leads to the Silver Palace. You may, like most people walk the road and climb up the foot of the hill to the Palace or like us... read more

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A city bus ride will take you to the road that leads to the Silver Palace. You may, like most people walk the road and climb up the foot of the hill to the Palace or like us, hired a rickshaw drawn by a strong Japanese young man and get a tour around the village filled with beautiful homes, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Of course we were there prime fall season, and the colors in the garden just took your breath away. Absolutely stunning. Even though we were there on a weekday, it was very crowded. A wonderful Zen garden.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This may be the most beautiful garden in Kyoto, if not in Japan! Go early to avoid big crowds and to have as much time as you need to enjoy the garden. The garden is quite small but incredibly gorgeous!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was one of the prettiest gardens we visited for late fall foliage. The pavilion isn't as showy as its golden counterpart but overall it's more attractive.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a nice temple, but there are lots of nice temples in Kyoto, and many are much easier to get to than this place!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good temple, but between the others maybe this is overrated. You can visit it in half an hour. Won't spend more time there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great spot for momiji but just about always crowded. I always feel like I get shunted around this place. A must see however and in my opinion 10,000 time better than Kinkaku-Ji

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was tucked in the hills, covered with trees in different autumn colors. Following a route up, the way offered a picturesque view of the temple grounds, pond and the zen garden. Tourist were in every turn, we couldn't get a serene spot to just sit and reflect, but this was expected, coming here in a very popular season.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably the best example of the subdued Higashiyama aesthetic based on Zen. A sense of quiet wonder and gentle melancholia, despite the otherworldly autumn foliage.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived in this beautiful temple during peak Fall season and in the middle of the day on a Monday. It was crowded but not super crowded. This is a big temple. Be prepared to walk up hill to see the place. The Zen garden is very beautiful. It is different from the Kinkaku-ji Temple. It is still worth a... More 

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