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“A Must See Garden in Kyoto”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ginkaku-ji Temple

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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“A Must See Garden in Kyoto”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

The Ginkakuji (or Silver Pavillon) is a Zen temple located in the hills on the eastern edge of Koyto. While the temple is stunning it is the garden(s) that make this a must visit if you are ever in Kyoto. It seems as though any stress or care you have or ever had melts away once you step into the Temple grounds and gardens. Even with the hordes of people visiting the temple you would swear that you are the only one in the garden. It's got it all, koi ponds, manicured shrubs and trees, sculptured Zen sand gardens and lovely walkways that wind through moss covered grounds. We were fortunate to have visited during a light drizzle of rain and the moss was spectacular with the glistening water droplets.
By using the Kyoto bus system you can easily accesses the garden. We found the Kyoto bus system to be the best way to travel and maneuver through Kyoto. We purchased a two-day pass, which allowed for access to any bus at any time anywhere. A great value.
A trip to the Ginkakuji Garden is an absolute must do while in Kyoto

Visited October 2012
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“Similarity of Golden Pavilion”
Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

The temple ia kind of replica of world famous golden pavilion. Only 2 stories compared to 3 stories building - golden pavilion plus not silver in reality. So the temple isnt much interesting anyhow the zen garden of it offer great set up and also nice atmosphere.

Visited May 2013
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“Worth seeing”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Lovely setting, very humble and modest building with a lovely feeling about it, the sand-raked zen garden was magnificent, and the walk through the hillside garden was calming and beautiful.

Visited May 2013
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“Not worth going”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

There is one building which is not silver and a garden area and that is it, visit the Golden pavilion and you will see the difference.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

I preferred it from the Kinkakuyi (Gold Temple) as it cover all the Path of Philosophy and it is an excellent walking tour, under the cherry trees, passing other various Temples in the East side of Kyoto

Visited May 2013
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