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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.
  • This is my absolute favorite place in Kyoto so far . The entrance fee is not expensive and the garden is huge. You can get really close up to the temple unlike at the Kinkakuji. In certain season the have luminaries at night for an additional fee. You can easily spend hours just walking around and admiring the garden.

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