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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It has a temple that cannot be accessed so basically it is only the surrounding (they do that disclaimer at the entrance, so fair game). Has a mini Zen garden. I wish I could understand more about Zen and more about the meaning of the...More

Thank RoxLima
Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible. The Temple is totally covered with 18 carat gold leaves. It was built to the Gods in 1397 by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as athree story building. The surroundings are wonderful and make the Temple a treasure to admire and remember

Thank Arturo P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just visit there. You will understand that mean. Much simpler and quieter temple. Feel more zen. Kyoto has more tourists in April and November, so good timing to go there is in other season. And also recommend to go there in the morning, and have...More

1  Thank FlyingwithRice
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Same temple and garden everywhere in Kyoto for 500 yens. Just a lookout but nothing else. I was walking for 5 min.

Thank Huyen T
Reviewed 1 week ago

the area and garden are nice, but the temple is missing the silver facade (that never got put on). The look is not a 5star or 'wow'. However, it belongs on the must see list for Kyoto. The garden is very nice and shady due...More

Thank StefanS71
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place to visit but not sure if it was entirely worth it. Came here after visiting the Golden temple (can either take 102/205) , there's a big garden to walk around. Its not as grand as the golden temple and not that many tourists...More

1  Thank Vjay S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Silver Pavilion and strolling gardens are much more peaceful than it's partner Pavilion, the Golden Pavilion. This austere temple is beautiful for it's simplicity and surrounding gardens. The rock garden and rock Mt. Fuji are stunning, and make for a contemplative visit.

Thank Claire S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple is a truly enjoyable and breathtaking experience. It has it all: gardens, stone gardens, a little climb for the hikers and many buildings for photo ops. A must see for Kyoto!

Thank 15anglee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I headed here first thing on my 1st full day in Kyoto and feel that was a good move, for several reasons. Arriving (by taxi from our hotel) before 09:00 avoided the crowds and the need to jostle for position to capture the best shots....More

Thank Peter320318
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Personally, I liked this more than the Kinkakuji (was less crowded, making for a better experience). The landscape is really beautiful.

Thank vacation-wallah
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26 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