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

Not very impressive, 2 buildings that you can only watch form the outside and a garden up the hill that has they typical elements, but no positive surprises. Not worth the entrance fee.

Thank Marjo1187
Reviewed 4 days ago

this is a amazing peaceful walk trough historical gardens i say gardens because the two pavilions of Kyoto share their history and it is such a lovely tale of a grand father and his grandson both of the gardens are beautiful and they have a...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Cooler than most other temples with lots of moss and scenic places to take photos. Very enjoyable with the kids and our tour guide parked half way between this and a hidden gem called Honen-in Temple with free admission and gorgeous walkways. Closes at 4...More

Thank Amy L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there using Kyoto daily bus pass and this heritage site is wonderful and very peaceful. The area is well looked after. The ticket for adults are 500 yens each.

Thank Syed S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The silver temple houses beautiful and immaculately maintained garden, Japanese style. We wonder how much time was alloted to preserve this kind of view. Behind the temple there were several trail up the hill to get better view of the temple, the garden, and a...More

Thank bidwisely
Reviewed 1 week ago

I guess you are not going there for the Temple. The main attraction surely is the very nice garden. There is a beautiful sand garden and some really nice green garden wit ponds and lot of moss.

Thank cullight
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make a good picture of imperial Japan. People that is created and educated to perfection. Best people and country in the world. Should have conquered lands and makes this country a huge they could be a much higher potential country

Thank Mauricio I
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful moss gardens!!! The temple, sand garden and lake are all beautiful but there are so many people! We arrived around 3pm so maybe better early morning when there are less people.

Thank amstos
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our last visit to Kyoto we missed this site, and it was a pity. Really enjoyed the tranquility and the walk around.

Thank JMNV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The buildings and landscape here work so well together. We really enjoyed our time here, much more than at the larger temples. The walk on the path has many beautiful views and the building have an intimacy that is a nice contrast to that large...More

Thank Peter W
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I am planning on walking north and end my walk at Ginkakuji. what bus do I take to get back to Kyoto station? most scenic and quickest?
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