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

Reviews

5.04 weeks ago

Went here after completing the Philosopher's Path during cherry blossom peak and had a good time. Crowds but not too crowded and still peaceful in parts. Liked the gardens and the climb up the hill for the views. A lot of market stalls and food options on the final walk added to the experience.

5.0in the last week

The garden was especially beautiful! 500¥ for entrance pr person, the walk up there is beautiful as well, and filled with places to buy snacks and souvenirs and post stamps. The toilets are clean and there's both soap and driers in there.

5.0in the last week

Quite beautiful. We liked this one better than the ostentacious golden pavilion. The garden stroll here was amazing! The moss is so perfect as to be mistakable for carpet in places!

4.0a month ago

Favourite main sight to see in Kyoto. Easily accessible and a good start to the philosophers path. Not too busy and actually doesn't look bad on a cloudy day. Beautiful gardens and ponds make for very easy photos

3.0a week ago

A really good spot for the beautiful Japanese gardens. However expected to see more of the old temple. Not worth the entrance fee just to see the gardens really. All the temple area should be open to the public.

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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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