Ginkakuji Temple

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World Heritage: Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion)4.8

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Ginkakuji Temple ('Silver Pavilion') , originally constructed as a shogun's villa, is not actually covered by silver. But its beautiful setting of gardens and buildings is indisputably appealing and takes on elegant austerity. You will walk a cobbled path to enter the main gate and proceed to be flanked by majestically manicured hedges, which were designed to protect the complex.

The best attraction is a stroll-through type garden around the pavilion and pond. In front of the main hall is a garden with meticulously raked white sand, called Ginshadan, which symbolizes waves reflecting the silver moon at night. You will also notice a sand cone shaped to resemble Mount Fuji, that probably was created to enjoy the moon rising above the Higashiyama district. It is recommended to follow a path hiking up the mountainside to get a whole view of the vast precinct.

Purposeelderly,world heritage,family,first time in Japan,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing,major
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 41.9km) Google Transit

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5.0in the last week

I love the silver temple. It's small, but has a wonderful sand garden and a nice walk through the mossy hillside. It can also be a tad less crowded than the golden temple and kiyumizidera

5.02 months ago

It's not only about the temple, which is beautiful. The gardens are breathtaking. This was the first thing we did in our first morning in Kyoto and it was magical and peaceful. Just walking around the gardens was out of this world. It was also autumn and you could start seeing some momiji. It was beautiful. And we also enjoyed the walk down the temple, with the shops and the street food places. We had some baked sweet potato and some skewers. So nice.

5.04 months ago

Immaculately tended moss and zen gardens in beautiful location around temple buildings with very mature and old trees, ponds and a view at every turn.

Negative points? I suppose the popularity with tourists means you feel a bit like you are on a conveyor belt following the guided route, rather than exploring at your own pace; and the understandably necessary ropes to protect the moss detract from the view a little. But I loved what I saw.

4.02 months ago

It's nice and pretty but I had already seen more than enough temples for one day when I went here and so it wasn't anything special for me. But you have to see a few temples so this is as good as any.

5.05 months ago

Beautiful and serene temple! Whereas the golden temple is a quick crowded walk and one great picture, this temple is much more atmospheric. I highly recommend it!

Bonus points if you start or finish here and take a walk down the philosopher’s path and go to nanzenji temple. Or go up the mountain for a beautiful hike and view of Kyoto!

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This historical monument is a must see for its beautiful garden. Every tourist can simply enjoy the well care taken garden from all angle all year round, but it would be times more interesting if they can learn its fascinating history!

This historical monument is a must see for its beautiful garden. Every tourist can simply enjoy the well care taken garden from all angle all year round, but it would be times more interesting if they can learn its fascinating history!

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Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) was built in 1490, 93 years later of Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) also by Ashikaga Shogunate. There is an interesting contrast between them. Ginkaku Temple features an austerely elegance. Kinkaku ...

Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) was built in 1490, 93 years later of Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) also by Ashikaga Shogunate. There is an interesting contrast between them. Ginkaku Temple features an austerely elegance. Kinkaku is an excellent example of the prosperous age, while after the civil war Ginkaku is tinged with sadness.

Many foreign visitors prefer Kinkakuji, but many Japanese people, including myself, prefer Ginkakuji. I can explain to you why, if you want.

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I can guide this place!!

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In contrast to Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), Ginkaku Temple features an austerely elegance. Kinkaku is an excellent example of the prosperous age, while after the civil war Ginkaku is tinged with sadness. An expert in Kyoto prefer Ginkaku t...

In contrast to Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), Ginkaku Temple features an austerely elegance. Kinkaku is an excellent example of the prosperous age, while after the civil war Ginkaku is tinged with sadness. An expert in Kyoto prefer Ginkaku to Kinkaku

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