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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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2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-5725
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Reviewed today

This temple is an absolutely beautiful and shimmers in the light. It's an easy walk around the gardens and you can t go into the tower. Try your luck with throwing coin in the pot for luck.

Thank cyntwh
Reviewed 4 days ago

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.

Thank Miles Z
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very quiet, simple temple, beautiful garden and in the vicinity of philosopher path, stream with carps.

Thank Mojca420
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

1  Thank c1424388
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Wilson W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has one historical site here which holds more history than a novel. The garden is betond description. A piece of art this place

Thank G2149QHrobertof
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank DrWalkabout
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank nicolemarshall06
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ginkaku-ji Temple is a beautiful, serene, elegant temple in a lovely section of Kyoto. it is at the end of the Philosophers' Walk and is usually a calm and pleasant visit.

Thank judyth101
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

3  Thank LuxeFamilyFun
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Andy M
26 March 2018|
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
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