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429 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    
Liked by 9
March-November 8:30-17:00, December-February 9:00-16:30, all year round.
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: 2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone: +81-75-7715725

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Ginkakuji Temple was originally a temple built after the Kinkakuji Temple. It may be more like the Ginkakuji Temple after removing makeup. It is not as famous as the Ginkakuji Temple, but it is very exquisite. It is known for its perfect combination of silver beach, Xiangyuetai and pavilions, which fully reflects The beauty of Japanese courtyards.

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, Ginkakuji was originally built as a villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa and modeled after Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) The temple has two floors. The first floor, built in the same style as Saihoji Temple, is called Shinku-den, and the second floor Cho-onkaku is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Despite its nickname as the Silver Pavilion, the exterior of the temple was never actually covered in silver, but rather painted white instead. The garden is comprised of the Silver Pavilion, Togudo Temple (East Seeking Hall), and a pond, accompanying a white sand garden representing the sea and waves.
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