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Ginkaku-ji Temple

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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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2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 15, 2018

Visited with my wife the other day and it had snowed the night before. I am sure this site would be great without the snow, however, with the snow it was magic. The sand garden became a snow garden and with snow everywhere it truly...More

3  Thank andrewjenny
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Having been to mamy temples in western kyoto, southern kyoto, including this temple, didn't really have the same feel, and beauty. A lovely garden but as there are so many temples in Kyoto...I would choose many others over this one. A temple to visit at...More

3  Thank sunlight71
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to the silver pavillon by early morning in a sunny day at it was really nice. the architecture of the building and the quiet and nice nature surrounding. You can walk through the philosopher path afterward if you plan other temple visits One...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Also known as the Philosopher's Path virtually start at the Silver Pavilion. The grounds are beautiful and worth the time to walk through it and see other views of the pavilion.

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Favorite temple in Japan. Great place for those interested in Japanese architecture and understanding Zen philosophy. Suggest to visit early around 2pm. We were lucky that when we visited around 1pm, the crowd was not huge, and sun was not too harsh for photos as...More

Thank kiloechoren
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ok, so it’s not actually silver but the temple still has charm. But what we enjoyed most was walking round the gardens, which are really beautiful and covered with moss. Atmospheric and not too busy.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eventhough a must see when in Kyoto, the garden is more beautiful than Ginkakuji itself (we visited in autumn). Also Ginkakuji was less crowded than its "brother" Kinkakuji, so definitely worth the visit.

Thank Fearless389930
Reviewed 1 week ago

Last Sunday I visited the Ginkakuji with a group of 9 people. Normally, in such a place in Japan you are asked to hold your own ticket in your hand when entering. This time an only person from our group was holding everybody´s tickets since...More

1  Thank Stay33694670790
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located east of Kyoto, the nearest station that we arrived in was Keage station. From here we strolled down Philosopher's walk (northwards) passing through several temples and shrines and local neighbourhoods. Although its a leisurely stroll this walk is 30min so for those pressed for...More

Thank Joyman L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another beautiful temple to visit in Japan. It is apparently one of the favorite temples among Japanese. Getting there is a bit far, but you can either take a public bus for about 230 Y or take a cab and save yourself the trouble.

Thank Dahoui
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Also known as the Silver Temple, I found the garden and surrounding forest to be much more impressive. So green and tranquil. Wonderful place for relaxation.

Thank waterglaistig
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike the gold pavilion the silver pavilion is not named for its colour. You also aren't able to go inside so the purpose is to stroll around the very attractive gardens. You can walk to the gardens along the "philosopher's path" which meanders through the...More

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Andy M
March 26, 2018|
Response from CHM_LifeIsGood | Reviewed this property |
Hi Andy, the temple is very easy access by public transport. We took bus from Kyoto Station, the only compliant we have is the bus journey is a bit too long. But if you have time, it is also a way to see different parts of... More
March 26, 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