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 constructions that represents the Higashiyama Culture of the Muromachi period.
Ashikaga Yoshimasa initiated plans for creating a retirement villa and gardens as early as 1460; After his death, Yoshimasa would arrange for this property to become a Zen temple. The temple is today associated with the Shokoku-ji branch of Rinzai Zen.
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Rukti Arum | Dec 13, 2017
Witnessing japan typical beautiful garden. This place famous with sand garden, a sand form unique yet fancy art shape. Even the sand covered with thick snow, still you can see the sand's feature. Walk a bit more to the hill behind the buildings, and enjoy the view of the entire temple and the downtown as well.
Ulet Natalius | Dec 6, 2017
Come to the silver temple for a sample of Japanese gardening magic. Viewing the flawless rock and sand gardens will give you an almost anomalous sense of calm and peace. Keep walking and you will see other plant and water gardens, which is no less beautiful. Mind your steps. Don't step on the sand patterns. You don't want to.
didi di | Jan 14, 2018
Kyoto is my favorite city and this place is one of my favorite places in Kyoto. It has beauty that the nature can create at its best and you can feel it when you are there. Love to visit there again soon.
Ben Pick | Nov 6, 2017
This is another one of the must see temples in Kyoto. Hidden away in the forest, this is an amazing sight. It is also near the Philosopher's Path, which is an enjoyable walk. I had a great morning starting with the temple, followed by lunch nearby, and ending along the path.
Zac C | Nov 16, 2017
A bit out of the way but a nice temple mainly due to its surroundings. The Autumn colors were well displayed. A short walk uphill allows a view of part of the conplex and surrounding gardens. Was a relatively short visit.
Rob Hydell | Apr 20, 2018
Absolutely stunning and beautiful. This is a must see if you are in Kyoto. I would highly highly recommend you book everything early if you are in the spring (Cherry Blossoms) or Fall (Two week period of color change) as the crowds will be MASSIVE and it will be very difficult to find a place to stay. Spring and fall also present a large amount of tourists so there is a line to go through here. Plan accordingly
Bruno Schwizer | Apr 17, 2018
Nice garden. If coming this way, consider the ¥600 daily bus pass which gives you unlimited bus rides for the day. No trains pass this way to make the JR pass practical and if you try to walk it all, you'll probably run out of steam as there is a lot to do on this northeast side. Bike might work as well but we didn't want to have to worry about constantly locking it up when we went inside somewhere.
Daniel Stancombe | Mar 16, 2018
Spectacular Pavillion and a beautiful setting for the gardens. It felt so peaceful right against the mountains and was so pretty. Well worth the extra effort to get out to visit it!!
Robert Korzeniec | Apr 17, 2018
The garden was beautiful but in my opinion it was too expensive. 500 yen for nothing too special. The Kinkaku-Ji golden pavilion was 400 yen and much nicer. Go there instead
Jacqui Kruger | Apr 5, 2018
This temple was the highlight of our visit to Kyoto. It is a definite must see. The gardens are magnificent.
Taylor Bailey | May 22, 2018
Beautiful gardens and a fish pond where you can feed the koi fish. Very beautiful. It closes fairly early so I would recommend visiting earlier rather than later. After closing the garden was still open however.
Massimo Burhanuddin | Apr 30, 2018
A very relaxing place to go. It was very calm in the morning. Near the place there some food places. There is an entrance fee and outside the temple there is a small river with pretty good view of sakura trees if you come during the spring season.
Jamie Roller | Apr 28, 2018
Really beautiful temple. Cover charge is JPY 500 and it’s really busy, so it’s difficult to enjoy it, though. Basically you just shuffle through the path while people take pictures and are out in about 12 minutes. Not really relaxing. Bit of a shame - makes for better photos than experience!
Falco Negenman | May 22, 2018
Gorgeous place, and less crowded than the golden pavilion. If you want to escape the crowds, and still see a great construction - and well maintained garden, this is the place to visit. You can also walk up for a nice view over the city. Also bought some incense in the souvenir store, which you can smell on the entire premises and is uniquely sold here.
glowish1993 | Jun 22, 2018
Super zen and pretty gardens, especially in autumn. The highlight was the Silver Pavilion situated peacefully along a well crafted garden, you can get many picture perfect shots there. Can get a bit crowded at times but not as crazy as the Golden Pavilion. You can even walk up a small hill and get a bird's eye view of the entire compound. I like the small shops along this temple as well.
Anne Le-Sinq | Jun 8, 2018
Less famous than the Golden Pavilion but still worthy of a visit, the Silver Pavilion is nonetheless breathtaking. Less crowded too. Entrance is 500¥ and the visit will only take half an hour, you cannot go inside.
Victor Dempsey | Jul 18, 2018
Fantastic - but too short. So much less crowded than Golden Pavillion and so much better. Magnificently manicured gardens and phenomenal picturesque views all round! Go here! Bus service is fine - ¥230 adult / ¥120 child - pay on exiting the bus! GO
Stewart Went | Jul 1, 2018
Silver masquerading as gold. The 'Silver' Pavilion must be the pick of temple/garden set. Truly amazing gardens and I can comfortably say they best I have ever seen, spanning all genres, in the world. A must do.
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