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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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Don't come on a Japanese holiday.

Even locals esp. young children studying their rich culture come over to see these grandiose gardens during their holiday. Thus it will be a bit crowded when they come in throngs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Rey E
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Patras
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

nice temple to start your day with in northern Higashiyama, however i would not rate it as a must see. I likes the structures with white sand there in order to reflect the moon and make the temple look bright at night.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Even locals esp. young children studying their rich culture come over to see these grandiose gardens during their holiday. Thus it will be a bit crowded when they come in throngs and the viewing areas won't fit the multitude of visitors that come from different countries. Certainly a must-see and the beauty of this temple (although you can't get inside)... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I did a long walk from Gion to this temple maybe 5 to 6 km. It was a very nice temple with many interesting views and photo opportunities. The path continue up hill from the temple for nice view of the woods and a scenic a view over Kyoto. You can see a nice temple form different levels, a wonderful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very peaceful, and very beautiful garden. I think one of the best temples for me. Take your time to walk along the path, as it's not very far to go one entrance to exit.

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Thank Hui L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The temple housing the Ginkaku-ji pavillon is renowned of its sand field and cone, but the moss is equally important part of the beautiful stroll garden. Lots of beauty here, the cut trees, ponds below pine trees, Japanese maples arching over the floor of moss... so green everywhere! Something different after several karesansui stone gardens. We arrived by bus (a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't get fooled by the name, this is much better than the golden one. Big very nice garden, very very nice view of Kyoto. Philosophers' path is next to it. After this temple, you can walk to Nenzenji using the Philosophers' path. This will be a free but a great half day tour.

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Thank crownvict
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Simply loved this experience. The gardens are sublime and the views of the temple and nearby areas are stunning. Also enjoyed hearing the story of the Shogun and his green tea ceremonies from our tour guide

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Thank Mark P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Honestly, I wasn't all that impressed with the pavilion, but I really loved the gardens. They were in the classic Japanese styles, but they weren't too big, so they were easy to walk around and enjoy, even on a hot day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful and refreshing as we entered the place and you are welcome with garden and ponds with stone garden currently being landscaped. The colorful autumn leaves and the cool environment truly brings out the beauty of this place. The path follows the contour of the place, the bridges across ponds are ideal place to view various spaces from different vantage... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple and it's gardens have much to offer. From it's geometric formalised entrance to it's unique dry stone garden and cone of sand said to symbolise Mt Fuji. Viewing the main building across the natural style lake and raked sand one gets a hint of the journey to come. It is hard to imagine that this garden is man... More 

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