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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5.011 months ago

This is my absolute favorite place in Kyoto so far .

The entrance fee is not expensive and the garden is huge. You can get really close up to the temple unlike at the Kinkakuji.

In certain season the have luminaries at night for an additional fee.

You can easily spend hours just walking around and admiring the garden.

4.08 months ago

To be honest I liked this more than his counterpart Golden Pavillion both in Tokyo. I like the vibe that this shrine gives off a little more. Also, not that many tourists (even if there are too much anyway) in comparison! But it was raining too so...

4.03 months ago

This is neither the largest temple nor the most extensive grounds, but the sand sculptures (?) and the garden make it worth the visit. The sand sculptures are really unique and impressive, but the garden is just beautiful. The ground is covered in carefully tended moss so that every landscape has a very verdant glow to it. It feels very magical. Make sure you take your time as walk through the garden to appreciate the colors and serenity.

5.0a year 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.

5.0a year ago

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

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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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