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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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  • Ginkaku-ji temple called Jisho-JI official name, is one of the tacchu Temple shōkoku-ji Temple. Ginkakuji temple's name is derived from Edo to kinkakuji, ginkakuji Temple and called and said. Mountain Higashiyama Palace was built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa Muromachi shogunate Yatsushiro General origin named after Yoshimasa's death, the Rinzai Temple nearby Yoshimasa mantra (Hogo) Jisho hospital and is named Jisho-ji Temple. Yoshimasa has a 9-year-old patrimony to a 15-year-old in Indiana General life, projecting all their sense of the essence of Higashiyama culture created 1 Oyama Villa reflecting the beauty of the simple 枯淡. It is told. Ginkaku-ji Temple and conveys to 500 years after the modern drama of the spiritual seeker can be said Yoshimasa. And shōkoku-ji Temple 山外 sub-temples of Kinkaku-ji as well as the ginkakuji Temple, called Jisho-JI is officially a mountain Higashiyama (Tang-Shan) that is. Mountains to the East of Kyoto's Higashiyama (Higashiyama) and Ruyi continues rolling around the Mt. (upper mountain), is called. This mountain since ancient times and even women the courage to, and sung many songs to have been loved by people. Ideal peak among known as daimonji mountain is known in the fire that ignites the night of Bon 8/16. Ginkaku-ji Temple at the foot of the upper mountain. Path of philosophy philosopher Nishida Kitaro in front of the gate, is exploring as a place of contemplation, as fireflies of cherry blossoms has become a trail of people. Appeared throughout history from ancient times in the Shirakawa River flows around the settling people early in the basin of the kitashirakawa dilapidated Temple mark of Jomon ruins, NARA has been discovered. Also in this region, East of natural hospital, spiritual impression Temple, South has known kurodani komyoji Temple, shinnyo-do Temple and ancient temples. The temple to make offerings to Bodhi and crematory, mausoleum of the Emperor in the Heian era, like kitayama, many did. Jodoji erected in the middle of the Heian period, later became Jisho-ji Temple and jodoji ruins built Higashiyama-Dono.
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  • Definitely is worth seeing for the garden, wonderful! The temple can be seen only from the outside and, compared to the Golden Temple, is a bit more "bare". The garden, though, is fantastic and very pleasant.
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  • Another top attraction and I would recommend it also. We went there early morning right after it opened and beat the crowds. Well actually there were 2-3 big groups that came, but they didn't linger a...  more »