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Ginkakuji
Kyoto Top 5 in Important Religious Institution

4.4/5
435 Reviews
TempleUNESCO 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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Peaceful temple with a stunning landscape and beautiful zen garden. No drone and selfy stick were allowed.

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  • HarryTours_Official
    HarryTours_Official
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    ZEN all the way down!

    This beautiful temple probably is spectacular all year round, but when we visited it around this time last year, it was bursting with all the colors of fall, making it a sight straight out of a Manga ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1605166009000+0800)/
  • HotRodHeart
    HotRodHeart
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    The other famous temple ;)

    This is a very nice moss and gravel landscape. It is not as famous kinkakuji, but in the top list of many guides. I really enjoyed strolling around this place.

    Reviewed on /Date(1596761088000+0800)/
  • magnificentlanka2020
    magnificentlanka2020
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    Lovely Gardens in a Simple Temple

    The garden of Silver Temple was landscaped with ponds, bridges, little streams, and various plants. We enjoyed the peaceful and beautiful nature around the garden while strolling through the pathway t...

    Reviewed on /Date(1592778597000+0800)/
  • johnandlizb
    johnandlizb
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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    Beautiful!

    This was one of the nicest places we visited during out time in Japan. It was immaculately kept, beautifully designed and peaceful despite being quite busy. The path climbs to the top of the hill and ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1584871649000+0800)/
  • ChrisCastellarin
    ChrisCastellarin
    Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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    A must do!!!

    We took a taxi to this Silver Pavilion temple - super fast as it is complicated by public transit. It is NOT silver, but has SPECTACULAR gardens and a very cool silver sand cone. Great for strolling f...

    Reviewed on /Date(1584791738000+0800)/

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Introduction

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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