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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. For Ginkaku-ji Temple and beyond, use our Kyoto trip generator to get the most from your Kyoto vacation.
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  • I thought I felt that Wabi Sabi in Japan, building and grounds is not or. If you could go to and so I went on a weekday afternoon, people had quite a few people, much less might have been better. Then, because it looked gold and has the Sun on the roof of the hours of the morning had better be thought it might be.
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  • Ginkakuji temple's who came to Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji. Compared with more tourism and kinkakuji Temple, Japanese people overwhelmingly rate. Because of that difference, kinkakuji Temple of glitz and a small, moist atmosphere. Will settle here if in Japanese?
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  • Probably one of the best temple gardens that I visited in Kyoto. It is easy to get to using public transport with many souvenir shops nearby.  more »