Ginkakuji Temple

Sightseeing information about Ginkakuji Temple in Japan.


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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5.0a week ago

The best temple or shrine we went to in our two days in Kyoto! It wasn't jam packed with tourists and it was spread out so people didn't congregate in a few focal points. This place is certainly a photographer's dream as it is so well maintained with gorgeous views and greenery.

For the entry fee of I believe it was ¥550 a person, it was a lot to see compared to other shrines and temples that charged similar prices but you either saw just one or two small shrines or other tourists got in the way and bumped into you constantly.

If you only have time to visit one temple or shrine, I suggest this one as it gives you a sense of real pride and care being put into the place while being able to enjoy some scenic nature away from noisy crowds.

4.03 weeks ago

A beautiful place to visit. The temple and gardens are very well maintained. You're able to see the hard work and dedication that went into building and maintaining it. We visited this during a weekday and it was not crowded at all. The cost for entry are not expensive and therefor even more worth its visit.

5.0in the last week

everything is hella gorgeous, I don't even need to try to get a good angle?! there's a little climb at the back part (like half a minute) but the view is worth it! it can get crowded but everyone moves fast enough so you can definitely get a nice photo. there's also a really nice souvenir shop at the end of the walk with interesting goodies!

4.0a month ago

Great experience, it gave some nice green views. Definitely worth checking out if is not crowded. It took me a few mintues to get some good shots without tourists. Beautiful place to visit, too bad it's really short and small so you're done in 15 to 20 minutes. Also the entrance fee is ¥500.

4.0a month ago

Temple not as grand, but definitely a cool area to explore
Quaint little temple, with a very pretty surrounding grounds. Street leading into this area is a enjoyable shopping district with quite a few shops, restaurants and ice-cream shops. After finishing here, we walked along Philosopher’s Path to the next temple on our list for the day.

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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!!

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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