Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

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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. Ginkaku-ji Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Simple and sober. Do not marvel at other well-known also like Temple, and inspiring. It's not a silver is. I think what good plan including the course walk from Kiyomizu-dera Temple ginkaku-ji Temple. On the way to the ginkaku-ji Temple is full of attractions.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Read the gold 閣 SI wants to see ginkakuji, always worth Gold Silver location is very United. There can also be a model courses design plan, one gold and one silver. Sure then I was wrong! Than gold 閣 ginkakuji Temple conditions 膩 I worth it looks better. Might go again Oh
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  • September 29, 2017
    Ginkaku-ji Temple revisited occasionally visited the city hyakumanben with daughter in September. A neat appearance remains unchanged. A mountain slope there was a walking tour, however, it did not last. Now in her late 60s it has legs. It is recommended that go on walking shoes.
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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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