Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion), Kyoto

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    The Silver Pavillion.
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    The Silver Pavillion.
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    So peaceful !!!!
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    Ginkaku-ji

    by BorderHopper Written Jan 10, 2005

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    View of Ginkaku-ji from a hilltop during rainstorm

    Built in 1482 as a retreat for the battle hardened Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. The gardens around this site are breathtaking and have been maintained since the 1400's when they were created by the Japanese artist Soami. The grounds are now part of the Shokokuji School of the Rinzai.

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    The silver Pavillon

    by xaver Written Oct 11, 2009

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    After the experience of the golden pavillon(where I found a lot of students), I decided to visit this temple just 30 minuts before it closed.
    It revealed to be a great idea as only a few tourists were there and I could enjoy the walk about the beautiful japanese gardens and small lakes around the pavillon.
    Also this temple originally was a villa built with the inetntion to spend there his retired life by Ashikaga.
    To be honest I enjoyed this temple much more than the golden one even if when I visited there was some reconstructing works.The pavillon itself might not be as impressive as the golden one, but the japanese gardens all around the place, were really special.
    Opening time: 8:30 to 17:00 (9:00 to 16:30 from December to February)
    Ticket price: 500 yen

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    Ginkajuji Temple - Silver Pavilion

    by bkoon Updated May 23, 2004

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    The Silver Pavilion

    The weather was a bit cloudy when I was at Ginkajuji. However, the place still looked good despite the weather. The temple is not silver in colour as described in most guide books. It is a wooden dark-coloured temple dedicated ro the Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) and it has some good zen gardens. Walking up to the top of the hill (follow the marked route), you will catch a good (rather aerial) view of the temple.

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    Rinzai sect. Built as a villa in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa (8th shogun of the Muromachi period: 1331-1573) but later converted to a temple. Constructed in 1489 the pavilion (a National Treasure) is a 2-storey structure with a pyramidal roof. In contrast to its golden counterpart (Kinkakuji Temple) it was never covered in silver. Yoshimasa died before this was accomplished. Togudo (a National Treasure) in the northern part of the garden is the only structure untouched by fire. It contains a 4.5-tatami mat Tearoom that is believed to be the prototype of Japanese Tearooms. The lower garden with its impressive sand mounds is a Place of Special Scenic Beauty and a Special Historic Site. In 1994 Ginkakuji Temple was registered as part of the World Cultural Heritage.

    Entrance Fee : 500 Yen

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    Ginkakuji

    by worldkiwi Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    Ginkakuji, Kyoto

    Ginkakuji temple complex is situated in the eastern part of Kyoto. You can reach it on bus number 32, which drops you the closest.
    After a short walk up to the temple along a shopping street lined with souvenir shops you arrive at the main entrnace to the temple. The temple complex includes the Ginkakuji pavilion (originally it was planned that it would be covered in silver leaf, but this never happened), a remarkably spectacular zen garden featuring a mini Mt Fuji, and other temple buildings. The Tougudo building is a pretty sight from the garden walkway. You can wander into the temple buildings (beside the sand zen garden). A walkway through the gardens passes a piped waterfall and then proceeds up the hill behind the complex to a viewing area where you can look over the whole place.
    The entrance fee in 2006 was JPY600, I think.

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    Ginkaku-ji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion)

    by shintarojon Written Mar 17, 2004

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    Silver Pavilion

    Ginkaku-ji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion) known as Tozan Jishoji is a popular tourist destination and listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1994

    Opens daily from 8.30 am-5:00 pm.

    Admission fee : 500 Yen

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    Visit the Ginkakuji Temple

    by joiwatani Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    The Ginkakuji Temple is one of the temples that is not perched on a hill. Just like the Toji Temple, it is close to the streets of Kyoto. If you are not up to distance walking, you should visit the Ginkakuji Temple first. It is at the heart of Kyoto!

    When we went there, many school children were having their school picture-taking. The girls and the boys were all in their traditional costumes. It was one of the highlights of my visit in Kyoto. To see the Ginkakuji Temple coupled with all these children in Japanese kimono was such an expectacular and memorable experience!

    The Ginkakuji Temple is very colorful with its bright deep orange color. The grounds were covered with thick white sand - not sure how it got there. The whole compound was huge and it has different structures that are equally and beautifully made!

    There is a water fountain outside where visitors can experience the cleansing before they enter the temple. The gates to the temple were humungous and once you get inside you see all the buildings lined in a 180 degree angle.

    My sisters and I took a lot of pictures but I was more fascinated asking permission to the parents of the children whether I can take a picture of them or be in their pictures! Luckily, all the mothers I had asked seemed to be nice and pleasant. I was able to take pictures of the school girls and boys in kimonos!

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    The Silver Pavillion

    by akikonomu Written Dec 27, 2003

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    Try going early in the morning to beat the tourist crowd. It is really beautiful and serene in the morning.

    Stroll through the garden and if you're visiting in autumn, you can see the blooming camellias. The pine trees, raked sand add to the beauty of the place.

    Climbing up the slight hill to get the aerial view of the pavillion and Kyoto city is good morning exercise.

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    Ginkakuji - Silver Pavilion

    by naruto Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Ginkakuji

    Ginkakuji or Silver Pavilion is the more commonly known name for Jisho-ji. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th Ashikaga Shogun and grandson to Ashikaga Yoshimitsu who built Kinkakuji - the Golden Pavilion.

    While Kinkakuji was covered with gold leaf, Ginkakuji's was not covered in silver. The intention was there to do so by Yoshimasa, but he probably never got around to it. Despite the lack of pure silver covering, the architecture and well-kept grounds of Ginkakuji is extremely lovely. There are pathways that brings you deeper into the wooded areas surrounding the temple and finally up onto an observatory where you get a nice view of the temple with Kyoto city in the background.

    In the picture on the left, you will see a white sand garden. This is the Ginshadan - Sea of Silver Sand. The mound in the middle is the Kogetsudai - Moon viewing Platform. The tale goes that the sea of silver sand is suppose to reflect the light of the moon, while one sits on the plaform to wait for the rising of the moon over the Higashiyama Mountains.

    Ginkakuji was not initially intended to be a Zen temple, and was only converted to one after Yoshimasa's death in 1490.

    Visit my Kinkakuji & Ginkakuji Travelogue

    Entrance fee: 500yen
    Hours: 8:30am-5pm, 9am-4:30pm (winter months)

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    Watch the kois at the Ginkakuji Temple's pond

    by joiwatani Updated Nov 16, 2008

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    Some of the temples (Matching Temple, Kinkakuji Temple & Toji Temple) have ponds in them. There are also small bridges that connect one pond to the other or some large stepping stones . If you look closely to the pond, they have kois "gold fish" in them. These are believed to bring good luck and wealth.

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  • World Treasure Tour of Kyoto

    by Gaijin_sama Written Nov 7, 2006

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    This is a recommended 3 day mostly walking tour to some of the most magnificent cultural treasures in the world, in Kyoto.
    Consider getting a 2 day pass (unlimited buses and subways).

    1st day stops: Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion), Ryoanji (Zen Garden), Ninnaji; then bus to Arashiyama, visit Tenryuji, walk through the bamboo forest, visit Adashino-Nembutsuji (Tombs of the Unknown Dead)
    2nd day stops: Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyomizu-dera Temple, walk through Sannenzaka and Maruyama Park, Kenninji Temppe, Yasaka Shrine, Chio-in Temple, Shoren-in Temple (Awata Palace)
    3rd day stops: Shimogamo Shrine, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Nanzenji Temple, Eikan-do Temple, Heian Jingu Shrine

    Nightime - view a potpourri of Japanese traditional arts at Gion Kobu Kaburenju Theater (Gion Corner)

    Significance: Many of these places are UNESCSO World Heritage Sites; difficult to find so much culture compressed in a mid-sized city anywhere.

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    Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion)

    by heywinks Updated Jan 26, 2004

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    Ginkakuji Temple

    Ginkakuji Temple is a Zen temple, established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th Muromachi Shogunate.
    The temple, originally called Kannonden, is not silver anymore (don`t expect to see a replica of Kinkakuji Temple, the Golden Pavilion, but in silver). It is 2 stories. The first floor is built in the Shoin style (traditional Japanese residential architecture style) & the 2nd floor is built in a Chinese style with Katoumado in the panel wall & a Chinese sliding door.
    Besides the temple, you can see a beautiful sand garden & pond.
    Open all year round. 500yen admission fee/adult.

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    Visit the Ginkakuji Temple

    by joiwatani Written Nov 16, 2008

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    There are so many temples in Kyoto. If you like walking and hiking, you will probably like going to this temple. The walk is breathtakin. You willeasily forget how much steps you had taken. It's easy to get distracted by the great view of the garden. The well-taken cared of bonsai trees, the well-raked sand, the variety of foliage inside the temple's court, the gorgeous colorful Japanese maple trees, the tall and swaying bamboos, the crackling stream going down as the water touches the mound of rocks below the hill, the silent pond...

    It's very refreshing to go to this place. As if your soul goes to heaven and you forget how chaotic this world is!

    Every step that you take, you should take a deep breath and enjoy the moment as it won't last long...

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    Stop, look and listen at the Ginkakuji Temple

    by joiwatani Updated Nov 16, 2008

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    Stop1 Don't rush! What the heck! You are on vacation! That's what I did when I went to Kyoto. I probably stop every few steps. Not that I am gasping for breath. It's just that I wanted to enjoy the scenery! I look at everything- mesmerize how wonderful the people in the old days how the built such a wonderful temple in the hills of Kyoto!

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    Check out the local crafts store

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 17, 2008

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    There are so many arts and crafts made by the Japanese. They are usually on display and are on sale at the local stores which are line up on the streets at the Ginkakuji Temple. There's one particular store that caught my eye because they have the most beautiful crafts I have seen so far at the local stores. These are hanging crafts- made of silk stuffed with cotton! These are shaped in maple leaves colored orange, purples and reds. Some are shaped in other things like birds, pumpkins, fruits, etc.

    There's one that I wanted to buy but it is way too big and too expensive. I bought some small coin purses made of silk. It's cheap but poorly made. I also bought some purses for jewelries.

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    Observe the colors of Fall Season

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 17, 2008

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    The colors of the Japanese maples at Ginkakuji Temple is very beautiful. It is so exhilirating to just stop and breath the fresh cold air up in the mountains and hills of Kyoto.

    The leaves are in colors of bright oranges, reds, purples, red orange, yellow, yellow green and green.

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