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Ginkaku-ji Temple

#22 of 1 394 things to do in Kyoto
Open Now: 08:30 - 17:00
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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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All reviews silver pavilion sand garden philosopher's path raked sand philosophers walk zen garden gardens are beautiful worth a visit souvenir shops take your time kyoto city nice walk temple moss beauty philosophy hill
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Should go and see the landscape and highland. The temple itself is worth seeing but expected crowds of tourist

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank thereviewertc
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the majority of the sites in Kyoto,but this site stands out.Beautiful gardens,and the entire neighbourhood is well worth walking around.Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gdi2011
Reviewed 5 days ago

Was amazing to visit here on our two week trip to Japan. During cherry blossom season it made for an even better view of the leaves drifting on the water and the colour was amazing. Was very busy but we were still able to get...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank AprilHay
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not as elaborate as the Golden Pavilion, the Silver Pavilion is known for its raked sand gardens and smaller confines. Worth the trip.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tangemanm
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A nice temple to visit in Kyoto. Gives you a great view over the city with the hills in the background via the walk up the hill behind the temple. Lovely peaceful gardens. A nice stop on the Philosopher's walk. I spent a few hours...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 8lindah8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens.... I mean beautiful... Spent about 1hr slowly walking around and up the hillside... Well spent time and only a handful of other visitors.... And a view of kyoto from the top.... Look out across the valley to the next hillside to see a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Joined a quick visit of the Nanzenji temple to Ginkaku-Ji (aka. “Silver Temple). For a 500¥ admission you get a short walk around these stunning gardens and water features - along with a beautiful sunset view. Not much other to say than that this is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank yeskoa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Pavilion is not as impressive as the one at Kinkaku Ji, however, I really enjoyed the scene of red leaves... It is one of the best in Kyoto. It was crowded as it would be during the Autumn in Kyoto, but It was worth...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GreenLV
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best gardens we have seen in Kyoto. You may wish to walk there from The Weston hotel as there are lovely streets and houses along the way.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shiba12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the Gold Pavilion is the more spectacular structure, and much more crowded with tourists, this smaller pavilion, set in a large and beautiful terraced garden, is a much more satisfying place to visit, and one of the highlights of our Kyoto visit. Definitely put...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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18 November 2018|
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Response from Carlos K | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I cannot tell you which bus to take. But if you use google maps, or any other app of the kind, you will have directions on how to travel. It is not difficult to move around Kyoto. There are plenty of buses. Enjoy your... More
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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