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Ginkaku-ji Temple

2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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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
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26 March 2017|
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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