We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ginkaku-ji Temple

2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
Website
Save
Book In Advance
More Info
US$607.66*
and up
Private Full Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto from Osaka
More Info
US$18.70*
and up
Kyoto Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:00
LOCATION
2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
CONTACT
Website
+81 75-771-5725
Write a Review
Reviews (3,588)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,553 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Personally, I liked this more than the Kinkakuji (was less crowded, making for a better experience). The landscape is really beautiful.

Thank vacation-wallah
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of my favourite temple gardens in Kyoto. It's compact but beautifully tended and exudes peace and calm. The raked gravel is mesmerising. Lovely trees and vistas.

Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is wonderful and very tidy. Everything on the garden is beautiful and zen-placed. Except from the heat of summer, this place is chill and good for an evening stroll. Last but not least, this place is a side tour for you guys who...More

Thank KingsenYan
Reviewed 1 week ago

To be honest this temple is more or less the same as the Golden Temple at the other side of town, but without the golden coating. This temple is not silver though so please do not expect that. There is a nice view over town...More

1  Thank olafoomes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ginkaku-ji Temple. Also known as the Silver Temple. Wonderful place to enjoy for a few hours. It was supposed to have been wrapped in silver but they ran out of money. Beautifully Landscaped and just a lovely place to enjoy the beauty of Japan.

1  Thank Normienorman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably I put average on this as I first went to the golden (Kinkakuji) temple before visiting this one. The surroundings is very nice but the building itself is not much to see. If you have only time to visit one you should take Kinkakuji...More

Thank Tony J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple is nice, but the highlight for me was the gardens--pond, raked sand, beautiful views of temple, sand "mountain" symbolizing Mt. Fuji. I'd certainly go back for another visit.

Thank Mathyew
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unlike its spectacular golden sibling Kinkaku-ji, the actual Ginkaku-ji building is nothing special. However the garden is absolutely beautiful, especially in Autumn/Spring! Very peaceful (expect when it's busy) and the air is fresh. Definitely worth the visit.

Thank Maya S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Entrance fee to get in and the gardens are not the biggest to walk around. The gardens are however very well maintained. The pictures sum up the place perfectly so if you like what you see then I'd recommend going.

Thank MJBarratt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kyoto is great for seeing the temples before heading to Tokyo for more of a city time. The silver pavilion is a really nice temple to see however again it can get crowded if you go at the wrong time

Thank Jordan F
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Myoudai Omen Ginkakuji Honten
205 reviews
.32 km away
Monk
12 reviews
.48 km away
Onmai Tsukasa Fumiya
18 reviews
.18 km away
Sojiki Nakahigashi
40 reviews
.52 km away
Nearby Attractions
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
1,221 reviews
1.43 km away
Philosopher's Walk
2,395 reviews
.61 km away
Honen-in
207 reviews
.35 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
JACQUELINE E
26 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from mscherie07 | Reviewed this property |
Jacqui, the best that we did when we were in Ginkakuji last year was to head southward along the stone paved path --the Philosopher's path for a refreshing walk. Another 2 minutes from the path is the Ginkakujimae bus stop... More
2
Votes