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Ginkaku-ji Temple

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Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
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Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was...

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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Beautiful temple, lovely grounds.

The Silver Temple is not quite as impressive visually as the Golden Temple, but its ancient appearance is set off so beautifully by the surrounding landscaping, that seeing it is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Silver Temple is not quite as impressive visually as the Golden Temple, but its ancient appearance is set off so beautifully by the surrounding landscaping, that seeing it is pure pleasure. The grounds are the perfect place to wander, with new views around every curve in the pathways. The mossy slopes are vividly green, and the mounds and waves... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the first place that I wanted to visit when we touched down to Kyoto Station. This is really amazing and packs with lots of tourists. People busy taking photos while I was looking how beautiful this architecture design of this building is. It was Autumn and beautifully stayed there for a while and managed to take the good... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The silver pavilion is probably one of the greenest areas I've ever walked through. The pavilion is pretty but the grounds are the real treat. Very peaceful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Phoenix on top of the Silver Pavilion wards off evil spirits. A great place to visit at the start of the Philosophers walk - catch the #100 bus.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The garden of the temple was very beautiful. After some climbing up the stairs, you can see a beautiful view of the city of Kyoto. However, the tour around the place was quite short.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple grounds are beautiful and include a hillside walk that features picturesque views of Kyoto alongside the edge of a forest. It was crowded on New Year's Day, so I didn't get a chance to enjoy the peace and solitude that the walk normally affords.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is relatively less crowded than other attractions in Kyoto. It's a great walk to enjoy beautiful Japanese Garden. I wish I can visit here again in Spring when there are a lot of cherry blossom trees.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The colors were magnificient and the park as usual extremely enjoyable! The shops leading up to the temple has lovely souvenirs and they are good priced.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have visited Kinkaguji then complete your visit in Kyoto by visiting Ginkaguji. It is not too far. Easy to reach by city bus. You can buy a day ticket in front of Kyoto train station. Ginkaguji is peaceful, sacred and beauty.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike Kingkaku-ji, this temple has beautiful garden and tourists are much less. We had great time enjoying watching the garden and also took great photos on the temple and its surrounding areas.

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