2 Ginkakuji-cho, Kyoto, Japan
Ginkakuji Kyoto Reviews
strolling around ginkakuji Mar 30, 2009
This temple dates back to 1482 when Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa constructed the villa here which he used as a retreat from the turmoil of the civil war.
The name translate to silver Pavillion the plan was to completely cover the building in silver like the golden pavillion but the plan was never carried out.After Yoshimasa's death the villa was converted to a temple.
Walkways lead through the garden with the grounds meticuously raked cones of white sand symbolic of a mountain and a lake. Apath also leads up the mountainside through the trees.
The temple is currently under reconstruction but looks like being completed in the near future.
Admission is 500 yen and it's opened from 8.30am to 5pm. From Kyoto station take bus number 5 and get off at the Ginkakuji michi stop.
This temple is well worth a look.
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