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Ginkakuji Temple, Kyoto

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Originally built as 15th-century shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa's retirement villa, Ginkakuji Temple stands as a testament to developing Higashiyama culture, of which the shogun was a patron. Admire the so-called Silver Pavilion's unfinished aspect, typical of the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which emphasizes transience. The building has survived intact through earthquakes and fires that required the reconstruction of other structures on site. While you cannot enter the pavilion, circumnavigate the temple's grounds, including a moss garden and dry sand garden, to appreciate its careful layout. Ginkakuji Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Ginkakuji Temple was one of many I saw while touring around Kyoto. I was here in September and had the temple to myself. There is an entrance fee for this temple but it's well worth a visit. I loved.....  more »
  • "Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺, lit. "Temple of the Silver Pavilion"), officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺, lit. "Temple of Shining Mercy"), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo ward of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the...  more »
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  • This place is absolutely magical. Most people only go to the golden pavilion and skip this one, but definitely don't! This is an absolutely beautiful place; the gardens are so peaceful and when we went in the late afternoon, the sun rays just made the place all the more magical. Note: Visited prior to Covid, so things may be different.
  • This garden is by far the most beautiful Japanese garden I visited in my Japan Trip. The Japanese garden is very mesmerizing. The Japanese culture is indeed beautiful. This is known as Temple of Silver Pavilion. You can visit here by bus. I would suggest to buy the one - day unlimited pass for bus. It's very affordable and it will save you a lot of money. You also need to pay an entrance fee which is 500 yen. The fee is worth it because you will witness the beauty of nature. We visited during Autumn and I love the

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