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“Good but crowded.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji Temple
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$16.67*
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Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus
Ranked #8 of 1,012 things to do in Kyoto
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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.
Slough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good but crowded.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

This place is nice and the garden is beautiful.

Without the crowds I would give it 4*.

I enjoyed it more than the Golden Temple.

Visited June 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Overrated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Find a beautiful postcard rather than visit here. Yes, this building is lovely and there's a nice garden in front of it, but other locations are far more intricate and interesting, unless you have 3 days or more in Kyoto.

Visited June 2013
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Heidelberg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Really loved this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

No, its not silver. It was supposed to be but never happened. I enjoyed this as much as the Golden Pavillion though. The landscaping is very zen and what you would expect of traditional Japan. Loved the mountainside atmosphere. We spent took our time and noticed many unique details. The roof tiles, the bonsai trees some of which are soo old. The sand gardens. Font miss this one. Everyone is different but I would have been sad to have missed it. On the way in treat yourself to some Ramune Japanese cider. The bottle is art in itself. There is a store in front that sells it. Take the philosophers path for a perfect ending.

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Singapore, Singapore
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“It feels really beautiful ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Though it is unlike the Golden Pavillion or no nice shopping streets or walking trial like Kiozumidera, but the overall feel of the temple with the garden and lake just looks beautiful! Nice photo stop though the amount paid was not as worth it compared to other temples. guess it's really for maintenance..

Visited June 2013
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Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Kind of a let-down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

I thought this would be all silver...the roof is sort of silvery. We went out of our way to see this, and it was nice, but not as extraordinary as some of the others, like Shoren and Sanzen. The garden tour is pretty, and there is a nice view of the city. It was worth going to the area b/c it was the beginning of the Path of Philosophy walking route, which we enjoyed...a path we followed until the next major park (about 40 minutes).

Visited June 2013
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