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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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  • Beautiful place. Fantastic for a stroll and a visit. Lovely gardens and interesting history. Worthwhile to visit anytime 
    Beautiful place. Fantastic for a stroll and a visit. Lovely gardens and interesting history. Worthwhile to visit anytime  more »
  • One of the most picturesque temples in Kyoto. This is a truly photogenic temple, especially beautiful in autumn. So many other gorgeous temples are in this area that it’s easy to combine sights... 
    One of the most picturesque temples in Kyoto. This is a truly photogenic temple, especially beautiful in autumn. So many other gorgeous temples are in this area that it’s easy to combine sights...  more »
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  • A great temple to visit in the autumn thanks to the beautifully maintained gardens with colourful trees. The Silver palace is not quite as spectacular as the Golden palace at first sight, but it has a great atmosphere. Thanks to this there are slightly fewer tourists flooding this place, so you can enjoy it a bit more peacefully. The Zen gardens here are some of the more impressive in Kyoto and certainly do this temple a justice.
  • Really nice temple. It's only 500yen to go in and the sand garden is beautiful. There is a short walk around the gardens that you can take which will take you up to a small area where you can get a nice view of the city. Quintessential Japanese experience.

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