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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“silver pavilion” (175 reviews)
“sand garden” (53 reviews)
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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

This place is very popular with tourists. So expect large groups of people. What I would advise is to come before closing or during the working day hours, so you take few breathtaking photos without strangers in it. Otherwise, excellent place, they did well by...More

Thank 345mike678
Reviewed 4 days ago

We got to almost all the temples before crowds in Kyoto. But here, it wasn't possible. We got there at 8:30 when it opened (after exploring Honen-in and hiking Daimonjiyama), the same time as buses of cute, teenage kids arrived. It was shoulder to shoulder...More

Thank LaTinoco
Reviewed 4 days ago

The "silver temple" that didnt get the silver. This 15th-century Zen temple features picturesque gardens & a sand mound shaped like Mount Fuji. The sand gardens were amazing. I found that the moss was the highlight of the magnificent gardens.

Thank David F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The grounds here are meticulously kept and the most beautiful mossy and dry (rock) gardens I saw in Kyoto during my 1-week trip. I visited all the other top sites the same week and this was by far my favorite. Just make sure to get...More

Thank Patrick N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for a true Zen garden, without too many visitors, specially early on, this is the place to go. Still used as shrines, very good upkeep and nice trails and stairs. Few chinese tourists

Thank frenchalso
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is just such a beautiful place. The garden is just jaw dropping. The moss, the trees and water features!! I didn't go inside the building the doors were open and we could see the screens from the garden. Highly recommended

Thank Mandy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

1. a beautiful sand garden, nice little walk 2. this place is quite small and the area is quiet, it's nice and peaceful I love it I honestly think this temple is better than kiyomizudera, this place has a nice perfect sand garden and it's...More

Thank Semistark
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was it the best temple I saw in the day? Probably close. Not too busy late on in the day. ¥500 to get in. Temple pretty but for me the gardens were an oasis of calm and serenity after a full on day of sightseeing....More

Thank baltoriolesblue
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here several times and each time it is new. Peaceful surroundings and well kept gardens. It has a small hike up the hill to view the temple and the background of Kyoto. There is a small street leading to the Temple that...More

2  Thank gberg_travel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful zen garden with a quiet atmosphere. Nice buildings and lakes, waterfalls, reading areas. Do not miss this wonderful place.

Thank Francesco P
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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