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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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“sand garden” (75 reviews)
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2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
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"silver pavilion"
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"sand garden"
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"philosopher's path"
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"raked sand"
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"philosophers walk"
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"zen garden"
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"gardens are beautiful"
in 27 reviews
"worth a visit"
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"souvenir shops"
in 22 reviews
"take your time"
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"kyoto city"
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"nice walk"
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"cherry blossoms"
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"temple"
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"moss"
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"philosophy"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There are many other temples which are less touristy and much more worth your time than this one, for example Honen-in temple, which is only a 10 minute walk south of Ginkaku-Ji, and it is free!

Thank Charlotte A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ginkakuji Temple is the silver one while Kinkakuji is the gold one. But it's not "silver" silver. Look like ordinary temple. When we were there, the places not very crowded like the Kinkakuji. This one more peaceful, and i really like the surroundings, beautiful to...More

Thank Yenny A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Want to see a fantastic Japanese icon. Visit this temple. 1) Buses to this place are very convenient regardless of where you booked your hotel. 2) The place is lovely and enticing. It is a great place to take pictures. 3) Nearby you have the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Similar to Kinkakuji, this place can get crowded. It is too famous. It is a must-see for first timers. But if I had a choice, I would pick a quieter and less crowded place. There are soooo many of those in Kyoto.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I arrived skeptical, as the temple was quite crowded even near closing time. However I was immediately won over by the impeccable arrangement of and care for the temple and it's surrounding gardens. The entire grounds are spectacular, and the visitor's path winds tightly throughout...More

Thank ncook882
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple, the grounds, the sand and moss gardens -- all beautiful for a stroll. This is also near the philosopher's path, and there are a number of shops and places to eat nearby. Also, though you can get here by public transportation, there is...More

Thank corgi22
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I could have stayed there all day. The tours going on got a bit loud at times, which took away from the peaceful atmosphere, but it was lovely.

Thank Lori B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple is an absolutely beautiful and shimmers in the light. It's an easy walk around the gardens and you can t go into the tower. Try your luck with throwing coin in the pot for luck.

Thank cyntwh
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gardens were pretty and it was pleasant to visit, but I honestly enjoyed the philosopher's path more than this final destination. Do visit if you are near by, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

Thank Miles Z
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very quiet, simple temple, beautiful garden and in the vicinity of philosopher path, stream with carps.

Thank Mojca420
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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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