Ginkakuji Temple, Sakyo

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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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  • We arrived when the temple opened at 8.30am. This meant we avoided tour groups and the place truly felt special and magical. We were there during Autumn so the leaves were stunning. Stones raked in...  more »
  • Ginkakuji Silver Pavilion Was an absolute favourite. We loved the walk to the temple as much as temple, via the Keage incline & Philosopher’s Walk; just magical.  more »
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