Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

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#6 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Originally built as 15th-century shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa's retirement villa, Ginkaku-ji Temple stands as a testament to developing Higashiyama culture, of which the shogun was a patron. Admire the so-called Silver Pavilion's unfinished aspect, typical of the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which emphasizes transience. The building has survived intact through earthquakes and fires that required the reconstruction of other structures on site. While you cannot enter the pavilion, circumnavigate the temple's grounds, including a moss garden and dry sand garden, to appreciate its careful layout. For Ginkaku-ji Temple and beyond, use our Kyoto trip generator to get the most from your Kyoto vacation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It is great. Personally like the kinkakuji temple than (^ ^) Garden in particular! Fearing Moss-laid carpet in! Encountered a person with care and waste, not to mention really carefully branches and leaves picked up, I rang the MOSS part. Candor (^ ^)
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  • August 17, 2017
    I just apologized ginkaku-ji Temple's feel the rust! There glitz shine Golden Kinkaku, ginkaku feels from various places Japan garden is not a silver. Spot or take a stroll on the Silver Pavilion area Japan a quaint feel quite a lot so that I recommend.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Kinkakuji Temple rises seen walking the path of philosophy to ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) made for pretty baby I went to the garden entrance fee was that the doc has done compared with the sights (admission 500 yen)
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  • June 30, 2017
    Given that the temple itself is inaccessible, you will find yourself spending most of your time in the garden and on the trail that meanders in and out of the nearby hill, the latter of which offers multiple photo opportunities of the temple and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, the path can get quite congested, which breaks the otherwise tranquil nature of the site.
  • April 25, 2017
    Amazing, a little crowded which definitely brought down the serenity, but highly recommended. Much nicer than the Golden temple.
  • March 4, 2017
    Better than Kingakuji, even Kiyomizudera. Kiyomizudera is now under construction and crowded, but Ginkakuji has peaceful and calm atmosphere.
  • January 13, 2017
    The Silver Pavilion, unlike the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), is not covered in silver. The structure is less impressive, but the gardens are worth a visit. There is a dry sand garden with a large conical sand sculpture, as well as a ponds and a moss garden. You can follow the path up the hill for an aerial view of the temple. It can get crowded, so expect a slower pace.
  • March 8, 2017
    Another touristy temple - crowded and commercial. Garden is well cared for but sterile. You won't find peace here.

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