Ginkaku-ji Temple

Attraction 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8402,Kyoto Prefecture Published on: 20-02-2016

2 hours
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
02:00 PM
04:00 PM
First-time visit
Theme Park
Must see
Temple & Monument
4.50 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Ginkaku-ji temple, the famed “Silver Pavilion”, has magnificient halls and gardens. It’s predictably popular so best visited in off-peak times. Ginkaku-ji Temple (“The Silver Pavilion”) is on everyone’s checklist of sights to see while in Kyoto, both foreigners and Japanese alike.

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Why Ginkaku-ji Temple is special ?

Ginkaku-ji temple, the famed “Silver Pavilion”, has magnificient halls and gardens. It’s predictably popular so best visited in off-peak times. Ginkaku-ji Temple (“The Silver Pavilion”) is on everyone’s checklist of sights to see while in Kyoto, both foreigners and Japanese alike.

Ginkaku-ji consists of the Silver Pavilion, half a dozen other temple buildings, a beautiful moss garden and a unique dry sand garden

Ginkakuji is a Zen temple in eastern Kyoto, at the northern end of Philosophers Walk. It represents the pinnacle of the Higashiyama Culture of the Muromachi period. Ashikaga Yoshimasa first began plans for this temple in 1460 C.E

It was designated as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1994

What to explore at Ginkaku-ji Temple?

Whatever you do, be sure to climb the trail at the back of the garden that leads to a fantastic viewpoint over the entire temple compound and the rest of the city.

There is a path called Tetsugaku no michi (Philosopher’s Walk) which is a two kilometer long pedestrian stone path that begins around Ginkakuji Temple and ends in the neighborhood of a temple named Nanzenji. The path follows a canal which is lined with hundreds of cherry trees. It is nice to walk on this path surrounded by cherry trees with fresh green leaves.

The garden of this temple is famous as a historical site representative of the unique style of the Higashiyama culture of that time.

It's grounds are beautiful with unique rock gardens and sand gardens, moss, and many ornate views.

How to get to Ginkaku-ji Temple?

Ginkakuji can be accessed by direct bus number 5, 17 or 100 from Kyoto Station in about 35-40 minutes and for 230 yen one way.

You can reach Ginkaku-ji by foot along thePhilosopher's Path from Nanzenji in about 30-45 minutes.

Take Meishin Expressway to the Kyoto-minami exit. It is approximately 8 kilometers 40 minutes from exit.

Selling points

  • At the end of the day as twilight falls, just wonderful
  • A must see! Especially for the beautiful gardens!
  • Kyoto's Most Iconic Temple
  • A humble temple , scenic garden from any viewpoint
  • One of the best autumn viewing spots
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Tips for you

  • Best visited early in the day or at sunset for the views and quiet.
  • Ginkakuji has a good souvenir shop within the precinct.
  • There is no silver in the Silver Pavilion!
    What to see
  • Before you reach the temple, you need to walk an uphill road from the bus stop towards the temple. Along the road, there are many shops selling food, drinks and souvenir.
  • You cannot go inside the temple, but if your willing to donate a private audience can be arranged with the head priest.
  • The only drawback are the crowds, which are substantial, incessant, and at times terrifically annoying. If you get here early, you can enjoy these grounds in relative serenity
  • Some guidebooks are recommended with you when doing this walk in reverse.
    What to bring
  • 8.30am-5pm March-November 9am-4.30pm December-February
  • One Japanese custom is to enjoy the beauty of the autumnal full moon. In front of the main hall, which is the center of the temple, there are two large sand mounds called Ginshadan and Kogetsudai, intended to accentuate the beauty of the moon.
  • The path climbs a hill behind the buildings from where there are nice views of the entire temple grounds and Kyoto as the backdrop.
  • It’s is a beautiful place with many magnificent views so you can take many nice pictures here
    Ticket and Pricing
  • You can visit Kan’non Hall (Silver Pavilion) ,Hojo (Hondo) Togu-do,Ginsha-dan and Kogetsu-dai, Ocha-no-i and Sengetsusen with some entrance fees
    Things nearby


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“Splendorous Budist Temple in Kyoto!” What a wonderful experience! Getting there can be a little long way ( an hour aproximatley)by bus number 5 or 100, but I would recommend you take number 5 since is a little less crowded than 100 and if you ask an officer he immediatley will tell you to get number 100 ' cuse its stop is right where all the people gather around the bus Station, which is front of the main entrance of the train station. Bus costs 230 yens each way, or you may ask for a hole day card for 500 yens that you can use as many times as you need it. Entrance to the Temple is 500 yen, without steps, so disabled people can get inside easily, but, of course, without strolling around the gardens ( several steps up the little mountain) . Before, the Hondo and Togu Halls were closed but now are open to the public and is worth paying 1000 yen more to see those marvelous original and old paintings, and, in one of those two temples , there are some other incredibly awesome more recent paintings! The explanations is in Japanese, but they gave me an english panphlet to understand the paintings and the ladies were extreamly kind and attentive to me. There is also an english tour I think is at 11:40 a.m. With this price you receive a booklet with explanations and photos of this constructions and paintings as well ( you can not take your own pictures). The main Kannonis not made of Silver, but they said that the sand is around it , gives the impresión of silver at night....but they close at 5:30 p.m. (4:30 from Dec. -Feb.). And the always!......such a delightful sight! ( I would recommend you, after visiting this temple take " The Philosopher's Path" that goes all the way to the Eikando Temple {this last one closes at 4:30 p.m.})

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Very beautiful temple with sand "sculptures". It's at the start of the philosopher's path, really convenient!

It was drizzly the day we ventured here, but we had a great time. One of my favorite temples because it's set up against the mountains and it's very peaceful. We took a cab here and it dropped us off at the base of the hill. The cherry blossoms were in bloom at the Philosopher's Path, though muted by the rain. As others said, there are a number of shops from the main street up to the pavilion, with everything from ice cream to potatoes on a stick to really cute doll crafts.

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