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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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Pairing the Kinkakuji

This temple is coupled with the Kinkakuji, even if it's less goodlooking its gardens are fair superior than the Kinkakuji ones. If you visit the Gold Pavillion, can't miss the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Varese, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This temple is coupled with the Kinkakuji, even if it's less goodlooking its gardens are fair superior than the Kinkakuji ones. If you visit the Gold Pavillion, can't miss the Silver Pavillion too.

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

it is called the silver pavilion, but in fact it is very brown; however, the temple and the gardens are breathtaking, The sand garden and the typical Japanese garden surrounding this place are worth visiting.

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American Fork, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The temple itself is a little underwhelming. The grounds are spectacular. If you r in Kyoto for three or four days it is worth seeing but it is not an "a" site

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really great garden and athmosphere there. Totally recommend. In the bus you will see the stop (there is written the name of the temple:)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The gardens of the Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Temple) are wonderful to walk through. There is a sand mound shaped to resemble Mt.Fuji and sand is raked in the shape of waves. We climbed the hillside pathway to a lookout point. Gorgeous trees everywhere. Soft moss-covered ground, azalea bushes trimmed artfully.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not as famous as its golden cousin but really nice. A greatZen garden and not a long journey so go there if you are not all templed out and you'll thank yourself later.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This temple, another UNESCO site in Kyoto was built in 1489. In addition to the house there are gardens which feature white sand waves and unique sand piles. Often overlooked by other attractions in Kyoto, but you should not do so.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You can take a walk around the pretty grounds. This was my favorite spot in Kyoto. Lots of shopping on the street leading to the temple grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

That place is so crowded it's like a street market, people taking pictures, selfies, posing.....BUT the grounds are beautiful nd I think it's even more beautiful in Spring ( Sakura) or Fall. However, the Golden Roofed Pavillon is like a gem, surrounded by lush forests and ponds. It's worth the money and the croxds!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Second time in 12 months. But this time arrived 45 minutes before closing and it was so much more enjoyable. The hoards had gone and the walk through very peaceful. Moss like you have never seen before. Loved the Zen sand garden.

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