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Ginkaku-ji Temple

2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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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.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Going early to avoid the crowds is good, but an 8:30 am opening time isn't exactly early. By the time the gate opened, there is already a crowd waiting to rush in, including student excursion groups (it was like "on your marks, get set..."). Still,...More

Thank PriscillaCPL
Reviewed 2 days ago

Built in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa to emulate the Kinkaku-ji (commissioned by his grandfather Ashikaga Yoshimitsu) is was never completed; construction and the initial plans to cover its exterior in silver foil was halted because of the Ōnin War. I must say that this "unfinished"...More

Thank Marco S
Reviewed 5 days ago

After visiting the Golden one, you cannot miss Ginkaku-Ji. It will be perfect at the end of Philosophers' walk (even at the beginning). Might be busy, but you will always find a spot for a nice picture. Enjoy the nice park - the walk will...More

Thank BLshanghai
Reviewed 5 days ago

When in Kyoto, everyone has the golden pavilion at the top of their list and sometimes forgets the silver pavilion. Don't discount this though - I much prefer the silver pavilion out of the two. It is much more serene and because it's not as...More

1  Thank Cassie1911
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited the Golden Pavilion (Kimkakuji Temple) 3 days before we visited this Temple which is also known as the Silver Pavilion. We took a bus from the city centre (Kyoto Station Bus Stop) to get here. The gardens are magnificent and...More

Thank PlanetOz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great temple to visit in Kyoto. Temple grounds are kept clean and immaculate. Gardens are well presented. Great photo opportunities at this temple. It is easy to walk between this temple and other great temples in the Higashiyama area.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Temple grounds quite interesting to browse around. Autumn colours were already up, allowing some interesting shots. Grateful it was bright and sunny when we got there. The walk up was nice and easy, not too hectic. We managed it at 78.

Thank Henry L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning garden that is kept pristinely manicured. Stunning in autumn. We enjoyed a spectacular view of Kyoto, and enjoyed the mossy garden, water features, and beautiful maple trees. This was my fourth visit and I will return again on my next trip to Japan.

Thank Sean F
Reviewed 1 week ago

With thousands of temples in Kyoto where do you start. Ginkakuji is large with beautiful gardens and is very representative. Might as well start here.

Thank TerryfromToledo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has the most beautiful garden I saw in Kyoto. We wivited it in the afternoon, so it was not many people in. Beautiful!

Thank Renata G
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27 March 2017|
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Response from mscherie07 | Reviewed this property |
Jacqui, the best that we did when we were in Ginkakuji last year was to head southward along the stone paved path --the Philosopher's path for a refreshing walk. Another 2 minutes from the path is the Ginkakujimae bus stop... More