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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.
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We arrived at this temple rather late, being tired. But we decided to go in anyway, which proved to be a good decision because the temple is simply astonishing. Or should we say, the garden around it.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Kyoto has lots of attraction however, they are scattered so you can not look around them all in a day. this is one of the monuments of which location is a bit away from other monuments. but this time, went there at first. it took a bit an hour from JR station but need to go at least once. This is not a temple. It was second villa for a power guy in Japanese history. He wanted to cover the pavilion with silver in vain. It is small but has very cute gardening, very Japanese. If you walk the little hill inside of garden, it takes less than 20 min walk.so in total over an hour would be enough to have a look.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Hoped it would be as good as the gold pavilion but it wasnt. I am not sure what I was expecting but the garden was nice but the dreary rain did not help to lift our mood. Nice place but worth 500yen? not sure.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

This Buddhist temple is calm. There is nothing very shivering, but instead - silver. It was planned to cover the pavilion with silver, but because of the war it was not. The building of the pavilion is original from 1483. Take the audio guide and listen to the stories behind the temple and it's inhabitants. The beginning of the green team ceremony and many other things.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

What a shame this simplistic pavilion didn't get it's silver coating. Too many people visiting to get a good view. Crowds wouldn't take turns to enable us to take a photo without other people in them. Many young Japanese tourists pushing and shoving to take "selfies". Didn't get to see much of the pavilion itself. But away from the pavilion the Zen garden was the feature for me. I was intrigued and not disappointed by the raked sand patterns. A path winds its way through the small, peaceful, well kept gardens up the hill behind, where there is a nice view of the main buildings. Was delighted to see several young Japanese girls in traditional dress. It made me smile.

Thank LRMcK
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