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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4.02 weeks 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.

4.03 weeks 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.

5.0a month ago

My words don't do this place justice. So fortunate to go when the crowds were elsewhere. Serene, sublime, stunning. This had to be one of my favorite experiences in Kyoto. I hope if you're fortunate enough to travel to Japan make the effort to get here!

5.0a month ago

Another beautiful and awesome temple at Kyoto. Love the nature, the terrain and the gentle gradient up the hill. It was pure pleasure to trek up the slope whilst enjoying the beauty of autumn with myriad bright colors.
Was at the other temples and came a bit late as the crowd gathered. If not, serene and quietness, with nature...
Entrance fee at ¥500.

5.0in the last week

The view is just amazing! Though it’s a relatively famous tourist attraction, it’s not crowded at all! The trail is not very long, but it is the beauty that can hold you for about 1-2 hours or so!

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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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