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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

I note that one contributor had mentioned that Ginkaku-ji, the "Silver Temple" is not silver at all! And from the pics that's clear. The "Silver" moniker as I understand it is in reference to it's reflection in the waters of the pond on which it...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the many temples in Kyoto. This Temple is called the Silver Pavilion but there's nothing silver about it. Prepare to face a horde of tourists when you visit this place. You have to pay 500yen to enter this place. Nothing amazing but rich...More

Thank celestayk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple is located after a path with many shops. The temple and the garden are very interesting. Even if is called "Silver Temple" it is not colored in silver but I liked it anyway. The visit will take 30 minutes and I found here...More

Thank Amrod_x
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not as beautiful or impressive as the Kinkaku-ji and other temples. In my opinion, the park should be the real motivation to visit. Consider if you have nothing more to visit in Kyoto and have some time to waste.

Thank EltonSucek
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ginkaku-ji Temple is located on the eastern side of Kyoto, opposite direction of Kinkaku-ji. It's a very pleasant visit especially the gardens and nature surrounding the temple. Also, you can get a nice view of Kyoto from uphills. In addition, Ginkaku-ji can be combined with...More

Thank Adventurous-Japan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not sure,how this place can disappoint. It attracts a lot of visitors, but you understand, why, when you see it.

Thank Norsk-explorer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ginkakuji Temple was established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, 8th Muromachi Shogunate, as a place to spend his retirement. This is where Higashiyama culture was formed and modern Japanese style began. The gardens combine Higashiyama and Zen cultures. Yoshimasa spent his whole life trying...More

Thank Sharon H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Based on pictures during cherry blossom time, autumn or even winter snowfall, would recommend visiting at one of those times. It was still nice, but not super amazing.

1  Thank Jithan V
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's one of the 'to do' things in Kyoto to all the travel brochures...but in my opinion you can go IF you're passing by there or IF you have spare time. You cannot visit the temple inside. You have to pay ¥500 to see a...More

Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

There are many other temples which are less touristy and much more worth your time than this one, for example Honen-in temple, which is only a 10 minute walk south of Ginkaku-Ji, and it is free!

Thank Charlotte A
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Andy M
27 March 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
27 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