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Ginkaku-ji Temple

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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 3 days ago

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

Thank Donald W
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 One...More

Thank ghorbelma
Reviewed 1 week ago

Also known as the Philosopher's Path virtually start at the Silver Pavilion. The grounds are beautiful and worth the time to walk through it and see other views of the pavilion.

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank kiloechoren
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok, so it’s not actually silver but the temple still has charm. But what we enjoyed most was walking round the gardens, which are really beautiful and covered with moss. Atmospheric and not too busy.

Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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.

Thank Fearless389930
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Stay33694670790
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Joyman L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Dahoui
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Also known as the Silver Temple, I found the garden and surrounding forest to be much more impressive. So green and tranquil. Wonderful place for relaxation.

Thank waterglaistig
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Andy M
26 March 2018|
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
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