Ginkakuji Temple
08:30 - 17:00
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08:30 - 17:00
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08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
08:30 - 17:00
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08:30 - 17:00
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Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was supposed to have been finished in a coat of silver. Although this step never occurred, the temple is still known by the name Silver Pavilion.
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ManchesterAlbion
Manchester335 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
One of the most picturesque temples in Kyoto. This is a truly photogenic temple, especially beautiful in autumn. So many other gorgeous temples are in this area that it’s easy to combine sights. Ginkaku-ji goes very well with Eikan-do, Nanzen-ji and the so-called Philosophy Path.
Written 24 November 2022
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan1,186 contributions
Nov 2022
If you see Kinkakuji Temple then you need to see Ginkakuji Temple to appreciate the contrast and difference of philosophies exhibited within the family that built both.

We were fortunate to have a local guide explain the differences and explanations of the sand placement, and moonlight and why it ended up being called Silver Pavillion.

While the temple itself is quite austere by comparison, the picturesque little walk within the temple walls was worth it.

We came during the off-season, with relatively fewer tourists than usual. This also made our visit even more enjoyable.
Written 20 November 2022
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mom22k
Oakville, Canada21 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
The temple was very nice, however it was the gardens that were spectacular. Lots of zen gardens, paths and foliage. Would recommend walking the philosopher’s path to get here so you can see more of Kyoto “suburbs”..
Written 17 November 2022
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Souta Y
Japan11 contributions
Sep 2022
It's not as gorgeous as Kinkakuji, but it's a temple where you can feel the beauty of an old Japanese building. If you take a short cut that doesn't climb a hill, you can see it in 30 minutes, so it's recommended for people who don't want to walk too much.
Written 6 October 2022
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lukumay m
Romania12 contributions
Sep 2021
Stunning grounds with old-growth pines and beautiful “borrowed scenery” displays. The 500¥ entry price is a bargain. Goushuine available. It’s worth noting that the pavilion isn’t even remotely “silver.” In my opinion, it’s prettier than the gaudy “golden pavilion.” The view swim the top of the route is beautiful and worth the walk. I’ll say it again, the grounds are beautiful and offer a nice shaded walk.
Written 23 August 2022
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,812 contributions
Sep 2021
Ginkakuji Temple was one of many I saw while touring around Kyoto. I was here in September and had the temple to myself. There is an entrance fee for this temple but it's well worth a visit. I loved the gardens here. There was a small pathway through the forest with nice views of the temple. You can get great photos near the pond of the temple. I really would love to see this temple around fall time. Ginkakuji Temple is a must.
Written 25 September 2021
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Grace Florensia
Kuta, Indonesia10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
"Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺, lit. "Temple of the Silver Pavilion"), officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺, lit. "Temple of Shining Mercy"), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo ward of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the constructions that represents the Higashiyama Culture of the Muromachi period."
Written 5 August 2021
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,871 contributions
Dec 2019
This beautiful temple probably is spectacular all year round, but when we visited it around this time last year, it was bursting with all the colors of fall, making it a sight straight out of a Manga movie. I still vividly recall the sloapy terrain filled beautiful trees, bushes and other greens, making it a true masterpiece of gardening design. What I love particularly about the Japanese style is that you do see the effort and intention that went into designing the outlines of temples gardens just like this one, but it never feels sterile or artificial. Clever people, these Japanese.
Written 12 November 2020
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HotRodHeart
France141 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a very nice moss and gravel landscape.

It is not as famous kinkakuji, but in the top list of many guides.
I really enjoyed strolling around this place.
Written 7 August 2020
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Magnificent Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka73 contributions
Sep 2019
The garden of Silver Temple was landscaped with ponds, bridges, little streams, and various plants. We enjoyed the peaceful and beautiful nature around the garden while strolling through the pathway to the top of the hill. It gave a stunning view of the temple, as well as surrounding Kyoto city.
Written 22 June 2020
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