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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5.02 weeks 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!

5.02 weeks 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.

4.0a month ago

Beautiful grounds, lots of history and culture here, complete with a shrine and a story that dates back hundreds of years. It is a result nice walk, easy for most people but there are hills. It will get crowded so plan to go through when thet open file the best experience. Landscaping is really nice and natural feeling

3.02 weeks ago

Awfully crowded, even at 20 minutes before it closed. The paths are narrow, so you'll feel herded along instead of able to stand to the side and enjoy the tranquil views. The pamphlet provided at the entry had very little information on the history, so it was mainly a pretty (though crowded) stroll. You can't park bikes near it, and the closest lot charges 200 yen per bike, though the lot was entirely empty.

5.0a month ago

The nature in this place is insane. If you enjoy nature then this is definitely the place to visit. This is also probably the best place to take pictures! This may be a long walk through the exhibit but it is very enjoyable!

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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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