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Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-771-5725
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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 pavilion is not silver, the main building appears to be original, aged, unpainted wood. Shogun Yoshimasa is credited with the intricate and peaceful landscape designs... read more

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The silver pavilion is not silver, the main building appears to be original, aged, unpainted wood. Shogun Yoshimasa is credited with the intricate and peaceful landscape designs. The sand garden is beautiful and the trail behind the shrine offers good views of the temple.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The temple is surprisingly small and i wasn't too impressed with it, but the surrounding (moss) garden was nice.

Thank FinnishFlower
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens around this temple are beautiful to walk trough. We went there just before closing time (16.30), it wasn't very crowded any more, but still time enough to see everything

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The area surrounding Ginakakuji is very touristy, and from what I understand, I visited on a good day since the crowds weren't too bad. Ginkakuji is a little far away, so if you end your day here, you may end of taking a pricing cab back to Kyoto station. You might consider starting the philosopher's path walk here, and ending... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unlike Golden Pavilion experience in Kyoto (where we did not find much to enjoy). this temple, with known Silver Pavilion, is much different. We entered it after going through Philosophers walk, and it was a very good way to start it. The temple is not very large, but is very interesting and presents different beautiful angles - from a look... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

take the 100 here from the Kyoto train station if you have 3-4 hours first day, and get right into the experience. Tons of people along this little canal with shrines sprinkled around. Neighbors suggested this is skippable but the multi tiered hill side setting in the fall with maples changing color is not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had visited the very busy Kinkakuji temple earlier in the day and decided to visit the less popular Ginkakuji temple (silver temple). The temple itself is rather plain, but the gardens are spectacular, with meandering paths, Zen-like brushed sand and beautiful maple trees, some of which were just starting to change colour. Well worth the visit. It's also very... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A sister to the Golden Pavilion, the silver temple attraction is a good way to start the popular walk. Unlike its sister there is no silver temple today - the roof is thatched. But makes good photos and has beautiful gardens. There also is a cool rock garden along the paved walk. Thirty minutes enough here. Enjoyable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like Kinkakuji, walk on the pathway through the garden. The main building is located in the front entrance and it made from wood, unlike Kinkakuji it's nothing associate with silver as its name.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a busy temple in terms of tourist volume. The day I visited people would enter and follow a circular path up the mountain and around to the exit passing the Zen temple and some nice moss gardens, a mini waterfall and pond (you can throw in a coin) and pine trees on the way. There is a magnificent... More 

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