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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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  • same as kinkaku ji the gin ka ku ji is a place we most see. needs to walk a lot, but eah steps is history. 
  • Particularly, I think that there are temples and shrines that are superior to this. Not the visit would include its going for just two or three days.
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  • It was after a long time I visited, but still good taste. First thing this morning, so it is still not tourists, was quiet. It was the ginkaku so far climbed up the side of a mountain overlooking good views. I now want to come during the snow.
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