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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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2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
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"silver pavilion"
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"sand garden"
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"philosopher's path"
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"raked sand"
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"philosophers walk"
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"zen garden"
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"gardens are beautiful"
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"worth a visit"
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"souvenir shops"
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"take your time"
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"kyoto city"
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"nice walk"
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"cherry blossoms"
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"temple"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A truly magical place. It has one of the great gardens of Japan and leaves you with the feeling of calm spirituality. Visit early morning for a the best moments

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We combined the visit to the Ginkakuji Temple with the visit to the Philosopher's Path. The temple is surrounded by a large garden that is beautifully landscaped. A walk through the garden is easy going as the path is clearly marked. A leisurely walk through...More

Thank c2chen
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The silver pavilion is just off the Philosopher Path and works well to combine them for a few hours of sightseeing. The silver pavilion in the picture is the key attraction. It is beautiful and the other key attractions are the views from higher in...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

At the end of "The Philosopher's Walk", this temple and garden were amazing. We did not see inside but the sculptured and immaculate gardens were up to the usual Japanese standard and at one point offered distance views over the city. The cherry blossom was...More

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This temple is stunning. The grounds are beautiful, the moss everywhere is so serene, despite the crowds I felt at peace walking here and just found the whole setting really mesmerizing. My tip: Go early morning to experience this with fewer tourists and just to...More

Thank lovetotravel386
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nicely organized temple complex and garden with designated walking paths. There is a view post on a small hill that is easily accesible after a short climp up a few stairs. Do not miss the nearby Philosophor's walk to or from this temple ground.

Thank Lene R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of our favorite temples in Kyoto. This should be combined with the Philosophers Path and canal visit. From the entrance you will see beautiful rock garden with Moon Viewing platform, ponds and bridges with typical Japanese garden features. There's a pine tree that is...More

Thank Brown_Samantha
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This temple is just mins' walk from the Philosopher Path and is worth a visit. Love how the temple reflect on water. Visited when this temple opened and hence wasn't crowded in the early morning.

Thank JustLoveToFly
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This temple is not as elaborate as the Golden Pavilion but is well worth a visit. There are lovely walks through the garden which bring you to a height through which you can see trees and a moss garden

Thank Bernie S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the high points in Kyoto. We went here early ( recommend) and wandered the amazing gardens . Amongst the best in Kyoto we thought, Moss filled, bamboo all the features you love about a Japanese garden. We then headed out to philosophers pathway...More

Thank ejandjc
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Andy M
27 March 2018|
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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
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JACQUELINE E
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
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