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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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  • Horrible experience and whilst the huge crowds (April with cherry blossoms at their peak was a mistake on our part!) were the main problem, I also felt that the way the route was set out and controlle...  more »
  • Building looks deceptively simple. Not followed by the Hall of the temple. Temple is known as ginkaku-ji Temple is famous for, but really says Jisho-ji Temple. Also, I also thought the ginkaku-ji Temple Hall of the ginkaku correct in saying so. Too much at this time in this garden there is cherry blossoms are small, moss-covered garden. Also, silver Sha Tan painted on the white sand and the sand cone trapezoid in the sand piling was very contemporary.
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  • Worth a visit. There is a beautiful garden, both a beautiful rock garden, like a garden with streams, beautiful shrubs, flowers and trees. A hiking route leads you through the gardens back to end up at the Silver Pavilion, a beautiful temple, which is not silver-colored (what ever the intention). We found it very nice and the gardens are beautiful all year round, depending on the season there which flowers bloom.
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  • Better than Kingakuji, even Kiyomizudera. Kiyomizudera is now under construction and crowded, but Ginkakuji has peaceful and calm atmosphere.
  • Another touristy temple - crowded and commercial. Garden is well cared for but sterile. You won't find peace here.
  • 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.
  • A wonderful garden
  • 雖然遊客很多,但是細心觀察體會,仍是讚歎寺院庭園之美,處處充滿日本特有的禪意。