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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5.0a month ago

Old temple which was built in 1482. The founder who was an admiral spent his whole life for his own architect. You’ll have a spiritual experience of Japanese culture here where shows the beauty of seasonal change meets this temple in a nature itself. This temple and the beautiful garden becomes part of a nature itself. Unlike a western style of garden which is full of flowers and trees you will see a white sand presented like the waves of ocean and sand file looking like the shape of mountain Fuji. This is a very traditional style of Japanese garden. This is also very new to me who am used to looking at a yard covered with green grass. I wish I could make a visit to this temple in four different seasons to see the beauty of it.
The pamphlet says it’s the most beautiful garden in the whole world.

Hmmmm. I say maybe it’s the most beautiful one in Japan not in the world.

4.03 weeks ago

It was too crowded to feel the zen but better than prohibiting outsiders. In Korean temples, anyone can enter the main shrine and enjoy the meditation but in Japanese, I could not see the Bhuda statue and such halls are closed or not allowed to enter. Probably there is another way to experience the temple stay but I hope to sit on the wood floor of the shrine. But the worry is, how about every tourist wants that?

5.0a month ago

Peaceful and tranquil place to visit. It has an interesting garden.
Silver Soul.

5.07 months ago

This was my favorite place that we visited on our trip to Kyoto. I highly recommend going in the morning on a cloudy or lightly rainy day. The mist collects all around the gardens and gives it mystical glow. The gardens are absolutely beautiful! There's a path the winds through the trees and leads up to an area with a nice view of the city nearby too. If you go in the rain, be very careful on the steps!

4.0a month ago

Goegeous. But the route was shorter than I expected or wanted. Plus there were too many tourists to fully enjoy the place.

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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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