Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Originally built as 15th-century shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa's retirement villa, Ginkaku-ji 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. Ginkaku-ji Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • We went ... by mistake, since we wanted to go to the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and found ourselves at the Ginkaku-ji (a letter difference f f f), which unfortunately was at the other end of Kyoto (took us an hour bus ride to go after on the right). Even though and accidentally saw this beautiful temple, the Silver Pavilion (although no silver)! And this with pond and gardens!
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  • It was a brilliant feeling to get the building itself, each buying of gold, this is the garden or take a stroll around this so beautiful as before.
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  • I visited both Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji. I thought the pavilion would really be silver in color but it wasn't so I was pretty disappointed. The garden here is more beautiful than in Kinkakuji though.  more »

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