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Ginkaku-ji Temple

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Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
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Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was...

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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Beautiful garden

This was one of the prettiest gardens we visited for late fall foliage. The pavilion isn't as showy as its golden counterpart but overall it's more attractive.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was one of the prettiest gardens we visited for late fall foliage. The pavilion isn't as showy as its golden counterpart but overall it's more attractive.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a nice temple, but there are lots of nice temples in Kyoto, and many are much easier to get to than this place!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good temple, but between the others maybe this is overrated. You can visit it in half an hour. Won't spend more time there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great spot for momiji but just about always crowded. I always feel like I get shunted around this place. A must see however and in my opinion 10,000 time better than Kinkaku-Ji

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place was tucked in the hills, covered with trees in different autumn colors. Following a route up, the way offered a picturesque view of the temple grounds, pond and the zen garden. Tourist were in every turn, we couldn't get a serene spot to just sit and reflect, but this was expected, coming here in a very popular season.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Probably the best example of the subdued Higashiyama aesthetic based on Zen. A sense of quiet wonder and gentle melancholia, despite the otherworldly autumn foliage.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived in this beautiful temple during peak Fall season and in the middle of the day on a Monday. It was crowded but not super crowded. This is a big temple. Be prepared to walk up hill to see the place. The Zen garden is very beautiful. It is different from the Kinkaku-ji Temple. It is still worth a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As Ginkaku-ji being our favorite temple and garden in Kyoto we also paid it a visit in this red leafs time - even though the sun did not show and there were few short showers - the colors were magnificient and the park as usual extremely enjoyable!

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This is the first time i go on a weekday and it's sooo much nicer than weekends. You can actually sit and take nice pictures of the temple and the nice scenery. Overall it's a nice temple but I wouldn't rank it TOP 5 in Kyoto.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It isn't so famous like the gold pavallion, but I recommend the visit. The place is very beautiful and have a wonderful garden.

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