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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
+81 75-771-5725
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Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

What I loved about this place was the serene, peaceful garden. It didn't seem to matter that I was with a crowd of people. You climb a path through the hill & overlook the temple.

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Reviewed April 20, 2016

We stopped & had cream puffs (choux crème) on the way to the Temple... oh my.. delicious. The gardens & sand gardens are so well cared for with lots of work in the sand gardens. We partook in the tea ceremony... interesting as not a...More

Thank raChelF560
Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is the one I'd go to. It has a sand garden as well as a very beautiful strolling garde with both formal paintings as well as bamboo trees. A bit of everything! It's alos not big so very manageable if you are pressed for...More

Thank 100Willow
Reviewed April 20, 2016

This temple is at the north-east corner of Kyoto. It is not too easy to get to by public transport so we have high hope. When we reach there, we don't see anything worth the effort and the price to get in. First the so...More

Thank jm00192
Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

The temple has an easy garden walk with everything you want in a Japanese garden and nice views over Kyoto. Our kids loved the snack food for sale on the way in and all the trinket shops. We went on a Monday afternoon and it...More

Thank Danika H
Reviewed April 18, 2016

Despite the crowd, the temple still offers the serenity and the beauty which places the site on the no1 spot of every Kyoto guide.

Thank 264vivianc
Reviewed April 18, 2016

I know that there are lots of shrines in Kyoto, but the really famous ones tend to get very crowded with tourists. this one is quite famous, but not overly so and it has great gardens withoyt too many tourists.

Thank lhscontrol
Reviewed April 17, 2016

The entry to the Temple is stunning as you traverse a lake like a mirror. Then into the Temple grounds and the Raked Sand with the stones is so restful and beautiful. A must see.

Thank Allan C
Reviewed April 17, 2016

Apart from kiyomizu-dera, Kinkakuji Golden temple is another not-to-miss shrine one has to visit when in Kyoto. The golden temple makes a gorgeous photograph with its scenic japanese greenery and surroundings. You have to see it for yourself.

Thank shpink
Reviewed April 15, 2016

Ginkakuji 银阁寺 Ginkakuji, the Silver Pavilion, enjoys the equal status of Kinkakuji, the golden Pavilion, as the iconic sights of Kyoto. Tourists to Kyoto may not miss either one of them. Silver pavilion is best known for its gorgeous dry sand Japanese garden features also...More

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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