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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4.0a week 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...

5.06 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

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 weeks ago

This is my fourth visit to Ginkaku over the last 20 years. If I lived in Kyoto I'd be here once a month at least. With next to no tourist mobs it's paradise. Forget the glitzy Kinkaku on the other side of town, this is the jewel in Kyoto's crown.

4.0a month ago

The temple is at the start/end of the Philosopher's Path, depends on your route. Entrance costs 500 yen. Inside the temple, you'll be greeted by a scenic zen Japanese garden. You wouldn't find a real silver pavilion like how gold is in the Kinkaku-ji, however it is still amazing to see. One thing on my mind was, with the not so large complex, it can get quite crowded in the narrow path round the garden. I was there in low-season, couldn't imagine how it would be in peak season.

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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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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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