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“Japanese seem to favor this pavilion”
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.
Reviewed December 28, 2013

I was less impressed with it. I understand it is old and original. Perhaps I don't know enough about these structures to appreciate them? If that is the case, I suspect many travelers from the west will feel similarly underwhelmed.

That said, it was a nice area, with beautifully groomed rocks and sand. It was peaceful, and worth the time and money to trek out there. We went before we went to the golden pavilion, which was much more impressive.

Thank mqlarson
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

The Ginkakuji attraction is certainly worth a visit even if it isn't as fabulous as its golden sibling Kinkakuji. While the building might look plain, the temple grounds are fabulous and worth exploring.

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Reviewed December 25, 2013

I thought the 'walled' hedge, whilst leading you to the entrance, it also prepares you for what's to come. You leave the outside busy world and enter another realm.
Beautiful gardens and buildings that are well maintained and cared for.
I like the simplicity of architectural forms and use of minimal colours and materials (rocks, sand, moss, selected plants strategically placed) that encourages you to ponder, observe and enjoy as you stroll through the garden.

Thank birdcagewalking
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Lovely gardens. The road leading to the pavilion was lined with little shops. The garden is a dry garden meaning no lake. The fall leaves were magnificent !

Thank Violetlady13
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

The temple area is very large and a designated path guides you through the complex. There is a large sand garden near the entrance, followed by a series of lovely gardens, and then the silver pavilion toward the end. This temple was nice and peaceful, but lacked the "wow" factor of Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizudera. If your time is very limited, I would skip this one in favor of the other two. I had sufficient time and took a day to see select temples along the path from Kiyomizudera to Ginkaku-ji. Admission here was 500 yen.

Thank djl485
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