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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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The gardens were pretty and it was pleasant to visit, but I honestly enjoyed the philosopher's path more than this final destination. Do visit if you are near by, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.
I went there this morning around 9AM and it was beautiful, the entrance fee was 500yen and they also provide you with a mini-guide, I walked here from the Philosopher’s path which took 10-15 minutes and was a beautiful and comfortable walk.
Although it is...More
The garden for this temple is beautiful! The paths are super clean and look newly constructed. The grounds are awesome. We went during the summer and it is pretty much green. I can only imagine how it looks during the other seasons. Almost every location...More
A little difficult to navigate to this location using local trains and ended up taking taxis to and from the stations, so it ended up pricey. In hindsight, hiring a bike to explore Kyoto could be recommended to maximise the time available at destinations. Be...More
The velvet moss carpeting the temple grounds is awe-inspiring! The overall beauty of the gardens and temple is extraordinary. Take a cab as close as you can to this temple and walk down Philosopher's path after visiting here. Leave 2.5-3 hours to see this and...More
As a tribute to his grandfather who built the amazing Golden Temple on the other side of Kyoto, the grandson, who was retiring, built the silver temple.
Unlike the golden temple though, which was clad in gold leaf foil, the original finish of the silver...More
Response from CHM_LifeIsGood | Reviewed this property |
Hi Andy, the temple is very easy access by public transport. We took bus from Kyoto Station, the only compliant we have is the bus journey is a bit too long. But if you have time, it is also a way to see different parts of... More
Hi Andy, the temple is very easy access by public transport. We took bus from Kyoto Station, the only compliant we have is the bus journey is a bit too long. But if you have time, it is also a way to see different parts of Kyoto. Along the bus ride there are other temples and places of interest that you may want to explore. You will alight before the junction of Philosopher's path, walk towards the temple. You can go to the visitor centre at Kyoto Station to request for a map and buy the tourist day ticket of Yen500/pax for one day travel. Otherwise, just pay Yen230/pax flat fare for every bus ride. After the temple, you can walk via Philosophers path to the main road to take a bus back to Kyoto Station. The bus number is indicated at the bus stop.
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
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; take the Raku 100 (about 15 stops and 230 yen), followed by a 5 minutes walk to the station. We visited a couple of other temples along the Philosopher's path. Amazing indeed. A must visit place for omen---Myoudai Omen Ginkakuji Honten close by.