We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers: Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
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.
All reviews silver pavilion sand garden philosopher's path raked sand philosophers walk zen garden gardens are beautiful worth a visit souvenir shops take your time kyoto city nice walk cherry blossoms temple moss philosophy beauty
My wife and I visited more than18 gardens in six days in Kyoto as part of our three-week trip to Japan. Taste is very personal. I like gardens that are as carefully composed as a painting. Also gardens change in character from one season to...More
We went to the silver pavillon by early morning in a sunny day at it was really nice. the architecture of the building and the quiet and nice nature surrounding.
You can walk through the philosopher path afterward if you plan other temple visits
Favorite temple in Japan. Great place for those interested in Japanese architecture and understanding Zen philosophy. Suggest to visit early around 2pm. We were lucky that when we visited around 1pm, the crowd was not huge, and sun was not too harsh for photos as...More
Eventhough a must see when in Kyoto, the garden is more beautiful than Ginkakuji itself (we visited in autumn). Also Ginkakuji was less crowded than its "brother" Kinkakuji, so definitely worth the visit.
Last Sunday I visited the Ginkakuji with a group of 9 people.
Normally, in such a place in Japan you are asked to hold your own ticket in your hand when entering.
This time an only person from our group was holding everybody´s tickets since...More
Located east of Kyoto, the nearest station that we arrived in was Keage station. From here we strolled down Philosopher's walk (northwards) passing through several temples and shrines and local neighbourhoods. Although its a leisurely stroll this walk is 30min so for those pressed for...More
Another beautiful temple to visit in Japan. It is apparently one of the favorite temples among Japanese.
Getting there is a bit far, but you can either take a public bus for about 230 Y or take a cab and save yourself the trouble.
Response from CHM_LifeIsGood | Reviewed this property |
Hi Andy, the temple is very easy access by public transport. We took bus from Kyoto Station, the only compliant we have is the bus journey is a bit too long. But if you have time, it is also a way to see different parts of... More
Hi Andy, the temple is very easy access by public transport. We took bus from Kyoto Station, the only compliant we have is the bus journey is a bit too long. But if you have time, it is also a way to see different parts of Kyoto. Along the bus ride there are other temples and places of interest that you may want to explore. You will alight before the junction of Philosopher's path, walk towards the temple. You can go to the visitor centre at Kyoto Station to request for a map and buy the tourist day ticket of Yen500/pax for one day travel. Otherwise, just pay Yen230/pax flat fare for every bus ride. After the temple, you can walk via Philosophers path to the main road to take a bus back to Kyoto Station. The bus number is indicated at the bus stop.
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
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; take the Raku 100 (about 15 stops and 230 yen), followed by a 5 minutes walk to the station. We visited a couple of other temples along the Philosopher's path. Amazing indeed. A must visit place for omen---Myoudai Omen Ginkakuji Honten close by.