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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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  • The silver pavilion is literaly the rival of the Golden pavilion but if you look at the history was never finished. It's not as beautiful as Kinkaku-ji but the garden sure is pretty darn amazing, I we...  more »
  • This place is small, but it's so beautiful and I can spend a whole just walking around. I wish someday I can go back to Kyoto again! 
  • This pavilion had the nicest gardens I saw in Japan. I was mesmerised by the gravel garden at the entrance but then inside the gardens they were 50 times bigger! Going here in January was good as ther...  more »