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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
    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... 
    "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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  • My personal favourite temple in Kyoto. The perfected nature around the temple itself is the highlight here. There's also the bamboo forest next door. Word of advice though, once you leave the temple, towards the bamboo forest entrance, you would have to pay again to get back into the temple; otherwise it's a long walk back around the streets to get back to where you were. Not a bad walk though, you'll get to see other shrines and temples.
  • Beautiful quiet gardens with several paths to walk along, all leading to the final temple before the gift shop. Shop is clean and the items are not overly expensive. I bought a mirror excellent matcha powder, and several other items for a little under $50. My most expensive purchase was the tea, as I studied tea ceremony and wanted to enjoy quality tea and sweets with my friends when they come to my apartment.

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