Ginkakuji Temple, Sakyo

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Originally built as 15th-century shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa's retirement villa, Ginkakuji 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. Ginkakuji Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • The garden is just perfect, a nice atmosphere, nice scenes. The maintenance of the mosses that line the soil is meticulously carried out by the gardeners. We have even seen small freshwater crabs in the streams that pass through this garden. The temple itself is quite small, it is cute but nothing more, you have to go for the garden. On the other hand, as in many of these tourist spots it is better to go out of the busy period because the charm is quickly broken!
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  • A work of art. Beautiful and very sober temple, where every detail is perfectly thought out. The communion between the temple and the surrounding gardens is perfect. GREAT VISIT
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  • Beautiful place with wonderful Japanese style gardens and a decent view of the city. We went late in the day shortly before it closed so very few people around.  more »
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