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2 Ginkakuji-cho, Kyoto, Japan
Ginkakuji - a sand mountain, the main feature of the garden
Ginkakuji - a sand mountain, the main feature of the garden
Ginkakuji - a sand mountain, the main feature of the garden
Ginkakuji - the pond
Ginkakuji - ginkakuji
Ginkakuji - ginkakuji
Ginkakuji - the sand garden with ginkakuji

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reikunboy reikunboy
48 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.
the sand garden with ginkakuji
a sand mountain, the main feature …
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Aquedita says:
Since the temple itself was being reconstructed and wasn't REALLY silver I was really disappointed. However, the surroundings are really fabulous and you can just skip the temple and have a walk around the neighborhood - the whole tetsugaku michi is amazing.
Posted on: Apr 01, 2009
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andreakw andreakw
7 reviews
Popular tourist spot, but charming Jul 17, 2009
銀閣寺 Silver Pavilion

I find the Golden Pavilion to be too ostentatious. The Silver Pavilion is more my style.

I head the pavilion is under restoration and may be obscured by scaffolding until 2010.

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