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“Most tranquil & calming place”
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 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my 1st port of call when I went to Kyoto. I was stunned by the calmness & peace I found just walking through the grounds. I would highly recommend this temple as it's not so busy & much more quiet. I went at around 9.30am on a weekday. I instantly messaged my family telling them how strangely calm & peaceful I felt just being there. Well worth a visit, make sure you walk up the back of the gardens as the views are beautiful.

Thank Adam R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would definitely recommend to visit this place, very photogenic with its stone garden, pine trees and bamboo grove on the hill! Besides, there are lots of interesting temples and shrines along the nearby Philosopher’s Path. It’s true that the Kinkaku-ji (Golden pavilion) is more widely-known, but personally I liked this one better, especially in high season when the Kinkaku-ji is literally buzzing with tourists.

Thank CatherineBulg
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is one of the most beautiful garden in Japan. It is a small and very charming place. I recommend seeing it in the early morning or late afternoon. The light is beautiful at this time and also is less crowded

Thank BeatrizPerrel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The michelin guidebook includes this in their "don't miss" section - and they aren't wrong!

I think it's only when you see more gardens, you realise just how impressive this one is - especially if you aren't used to japanese gardens. So it would be helpful to visit some smaller, less well maintained ones first !

I walked there using the Tetsugaku no Michi path along by the waterway - which was nice and cool with all the trees, despite it being a really hot day.

Don't miss this awesome sight !

Thank fartoomanyusers
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After reading KYOTO, un monde qui ressemble au monde by Gérard Macé, I could at least understand the meaning of the gardens in Kyoto. Maybe , it would be a hint fo the local tourist association to have a introduction in understanding the profoundness of those unbelievable gardens: it is just pur philosophy and transcendent thoughts which one can contemplate.

Thank tikki2015
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