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“just ok”
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Ginkaku-ji Temple
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Owner description: 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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“just ok”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

It was just ok for me, the structure wasn't anything spectacular, maybe because it was meant to be such but I would say the sand display was interesting. There weren't much to see going further from the pavilion itself. There was a souvenir shop inside that was just like the others, so for me, nothing special. The shops along the path leading to it weren't as many as those in Kiyomizudera temple also.

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful nature!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

A small but beautiful temple in Kyoto where you can take nice photos! Also there is a romantic path next to the temple where you can have a nice walk through woods! Ginkaku-ji temple is of easy access by taking a bus directly from Kyoto central train station! This bus also makes stops in stations next to Gion district, don't forget to ask the driver!

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

There are so many temples to see across Kyoto, and choosing the best is not easy. Without doubt the best are reserved for those willing to walk. I recommend that you visit the Japan National Tourism Organisation website at www.jnto.go.jp and download PDF PG-503 – “Kyoto Walks”. We followed two of these recommended walks and they were an excellent way to see the main shrines and temples of major interest.

In Northern Higahsiyama we visited the temples of Ginkakuji (a World Heritage site) and Nanzenji.
Nanzenji was a spread out complex, still in use as a place of religion and teaching. It’s Zen gardens around the main residences were attractive and interesting to see. From one of the Temples you are allowed to climb some steep steps (extra cost) to get some great views across Kyoto. Worth a visit.

Ginkakuji was even better than Nanzenji. Principally you visit this temple to view the gardens, which rise up a steep hillside – giving spectacular views across Kyoto. The Zen gardens were particularly impressive. Defintiely worth a visit.

A few words of caution. You are expected to remove your shoes before entering the temples – slips on make it much easier. Chairs generally are not provided even for those who are less flexible than most. These may be religious places, but they are also run to make money. Generally on top of the initial admission charge, anything deemed of particular or extra interest attracts an additional charge. The entrance fees plus top up charges can become very significant – these are not low cost places to visit. Clearly as visitors we all want to support the cost of upkeep of these historic monuments – but it does also feel like a money making machine.

Visited September 2012
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“beautiful gardens”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

the gardens around this pavilion were some of the nicest we saw in our two week trip around Japan. worth a visit

Visited August 2012
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“My favourite temple”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

You could write 'wonderful', 'awesome', 'spellbinding', 'uplifting' on any of these temple reviews but there was something about this place that touched a special part of me. It was the simplicity. The beauty in watching lines being raked in the gardens, the mosses and the use of bamboo - as well as the simplicity and yet intricacy of the Silver Temple

Visited February 2012
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