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Ginkaku-ji Temple

2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Ginkaku-ji Temple is a beautiful, serene, elegant temple in a lovely section of Kyoto. it is at the end of the Philosophers' Walk and is usually a calm and pleasant visit.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

As a tribute to his grandfather who built the amazing Golden Temple on the other side of Kyoto, the grandson, who was retiring, built the silver temple. Unlike the golden temple though, which was clad in gold leaf foil, the original finish of the silver...More

Thank LuxeFamilyFun
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Separate from the usual hoards of tourists and pay a visit to the Silver Pavilion. Apart from the excellently reserved temple, the well-tended and serene gardens surrounding the complex are well worth the trip. You can hear the the sounds made by nature~ leaves rustling,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The best way to see city's is walk everywhere you can and Kyoto is such a beautiful city to checkout, this place is so highly recommended Beautiful & Peaceful & a great walk no hurry just enjoy take your time

Thank Frank J
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The sand is really nice builded and the best pictures are made in the beginning. Halfway there is a nice moment for pictures while looking over the city. Nice trees to look at but sometimes a bit boring

Thank jeroenvandervelden
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really nice temple, but the gardens are the highlight. A long walk up the Philosopher's path ending with a walk through the marketplace on the road up the hill to this Temple is a great outing. One of the highlights of my...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though not as showy as the Golden Pavilion. the Ginkaku-ji Temple, or Silver Pavilion, is nonetheless a beautiful building modeled after the former. The resemblance is not surprising as the latter was built in the late 1400s by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the grandson of...More

1  Thank Jeffrey D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although it’s really crowded this temple is just beautiful. You have nice views of the city plus amazing different gardens. The most impressive and different one is the zen garden, worth the visit.

Thank Esther G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit. It takes 01h00 maximum for full visit. Japanese wet and dry gardens, some buildings and bridges over water. Very nice spot to take romantic pictures. Besides, there is a walk on mount where there is a great view on kyoto. I...More

Thank Pascal J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a wonderful temple with a Zen feeling to it. Was a bit crowded when we visited but that's not enough to make you avoid the temple. It has a very unique feeling to it. It's the first temple to the philosophers walk and there...More

1  Thank Zoe k
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Andy M
March 26, 2018|
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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
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JACQUELINE E
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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