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 week ago

Definitely one of the top 3 temples in Kyoto to visit. It is BEAUTIFUL and is one of the only temples with a proper cool zen garden. Really lovely and well maintained. A must see!

5.0in the last week

Located at the northern end of the tourist spot in the east of Kyoto. Almost adhered to the philosophical path.
Which is different from the beautiful Kinkakuji, calm and restrained atmosphere The path to the inner side of the surrounding mountains is still good.

5.03 months 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.

5.02 weeks ago

A very nice place to relax. The place is kinda far from major station (kyoto station) but it can reach easily by bus.

5.02 weeks ago

A lot of people but it is truly beautiful. Everything is covered in moss. The streets around it are really nice as well, worth it ! 500 yen.

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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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