Ginkaku-ji Temple

(慈照寺 (銀閣寺))
Buddhist Temple and Historic Site
  • Ranked #7 for Buddhist temples in Kyoto
  • Ryan B.
    "This temple's garden was my favorite walk during my visit to Japan."(3 Tips)
    Guilherme Y.
    "The garden is really peaceful and beautiful."(22 Tips)
    "One of my favorite temples in Kyoto"(2 Tips)
    Lisa S.
    "... little waterfalls 4) walkway up to view the whole complex. Again -..."(2 Tips)
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  • Lisa S.
    Lisa StarbucksApril 2, 2017
    This temple has it all: 1) beautiful garden 2) bamboo section 3) little waterfalls 4) walkway up to view the whole complex. Again - manicured perfection 😂
    Upvoted Aug 2
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightOctober 7, 2016
    This temple's garden was my favorite walk during my visit to Japan. The crowds are light approaching closing time, and the scenery is stunning. Highly recommend taking a walk here.
    Upvoted Sep 15
  • M. R.
    M. R.December 7, 2013
    The 500 year-old Temple of the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji/Jisho-ji) is (alas) not covered in silver foil like originally intended. Best visited early in the day or at sunset for the views and quiet.
  • etta y.
    etta yOctober 6, 2014
    Beautiful wabi-sabi aesthetic and mesmerizing sand art whose methods of construction are a total mystery to me. Pro tip: there is no silver in the Silver Pavilion!
  • Artyom F.
    Artyom FedosovJuly 28, 2016
    Lovely temple near the philosopher's path. Like their glorious gardens. A bit crowded.
  • Edwin S.
    Edwin ShaoDecember 18, 2013
    The Silver Pavilion was built following the model of the Golden Pavilion. And this temple's gardens were our favorite in whole Japan. Read more
  • Hanna M.
    Hanna ModApril 2, 2015
    We came here in the morning and it was really amazing, how quite and peaceful it was in the mossy forest. My favourite temple in Kyoto.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅December 7, 2015
    In the temple shop, you may ask to be served a tea prepared according the tea ceremony procedures. Love it. 500 yen.
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DrescherMay 28, 2013
    Very touristy area, considering how far out it is from downtown. Bus tours can mean long lines for tickets, but the place is really lovely. Not to be confused with Kinkaku-ji across town.
  • Yanghui C.
    Yanghui ChamSeptember 22, 2014
    If you want to take photo of Ginkaku-ji, then only you go. The garden is nice. But Kinkaku-ji is more special.
  • Hannah B.
    Hannah BrookerMay 27, 2013
    Not as cool as Kinkaku-ji, but still fun to visit. Before you get to the temple, there are lots of fun cafes on the walkway.
  • Alessandro M.
    Alessandro MingioneApril 12, 2015
    Very beautiful temple with sand "sculptures". It's at the start of the philosopher's path, really convenient!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonApril 15, 2016
    With their strolling garden, the temple grounds are an outstanding example of Japanese landscape architecture.
  • Julia G.
    Julia GrandoMarch 19, 2016
    I liked this one more than Kinkaku-ji, the garden is truly beautiful. Also the Philosopher's path is nearby.
  • Tom V.
    Tom Van GoylenMarch 22, 2015
    Very crowded for some reason, even though much of the surrounding temples and shrines are just as beautiful as this one but much quieter.
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RodrigoNovember 16, 2017
    Although it was busy, the grounds are beautiful and worth a visit.
  • Baba
    BabaJune 19, 2014
    Ginkakuji is not only about the pavilion like Kinkakuji. It's surroundings are very well balanced.
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartMay 6, 2015
    The gardens around the temple are the highlight of this stop.
  • Bianca V.
    Bianca VasconcellosApril 5, 2017
    don't miss the tea and traditional cook in the store of souvenirs.
  • Guilherme Y.
    Guilherme YamakitaJune 14, 2017
    The garden is really peaceful and beautiful.
  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey MokNovember 21, 2017
    The garden is immaculate and beautiful here
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CJuly 18, 2014
    Smaller, less crowded, and less ostentatious than Ginkakuji. It's my favorite.
  • William K.
    William KanFebruary 8, 2016
    Nice temple but just too crowded.
  • Danielle
    DanielleMarch 14, 2015
    Get here right when it opens to beat the crowds
  • Dee G.
    Dee GrayJune 7, 2016
    The Silver Temple, not to be confused with KINkaku-ji, which is almost the same, but different.
  • Rob G.
    Rob GoossensSeptember 25, 2016
    Very impressive garden, not to miss!
  • TA/RN
    TA/RNMarch 18, 2014
    The nearest bus stop is Ginkakuji-mae, walk 300m to the temple.
  • Claudia
    ClaudiaApril 13, 2015
    One of my favorite temples in Kyoto
  • Atef C.
    Atef ChaudhuryFebruary 16, 2017
    Peaceful on a rainy day.
  • Alessandro M.
    Alessandro MingioneApril 12, 2015
    The store sells really nice postcards :D
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaMarch 2, 2016
    Enjoyed more than gold pavilion. A should-see.
  • Joshefo J.
    Joshefo JacquesOctober 25, 2016
    Geat place
  • Vimontra S.
    Vimontra SatpornDecember 20, 2010
    my fave. temple in japan
  • 龍
    November 5, 2013
    総門をくぐると中門までの約50mに石垣・竹垣・椿の生垣の調和が見事な銀閣寺垣があり、中門から中に入ると波紋を表現した銀沙灘や、富士山型の公月台との美しい庭園が広がっている。参道の途中にはお茶の井があり、足利義政の茶の湯にも用いられた湧き水として現在でもお茶会に使用。展望所からは銀閣寺全景を一望出来る。平成6年 (1994年) 「古都京都の文化財」の一つとして世界遺産(文化遺産)に登録されている。
  • 龍
    December 3, 2015
  • 龍
    November 5, 2013
    京都では有数の観光地の一つ。室町幕府8代将軍足利義政公が、祖父の義満公が建てた金閣寺にならって、文明14年 (1482年) 山荘東山殿を建立したのが始まり。義政の死後、彼の遺言により臨済宗相国寺派の寺院に改められ慈照寺となった。初期の書院造りの遺構として貴重な東求堂と、2層の観音殿、それに白砂を盛り上げた庭園が残る。観音殿は、銀箔を押す計画があったところから銀閣寺と呼ばれ、東求堂と共に国宝
  • po8orsky
    po8orskyApril 21, 2015
    오래된 이 뿜어내는 맑은 공기와 산책길, 오래되고 호젓한 멋이 있는 은각사. 원 계획대로 은박을 입혔다면 그냥 졸부스러운 단순한 관광지로 남았겠지만 주변 철학의 길과 잘어울리는 지금 이대로의 은각사여서 다행이다
  • Los Viajes d.
    Los Viajes de PituSeptember 5, 2016
    El hermano del Kinkakuji. Este es el templo de plata. Precioso jardín Zen. recomendado una visita 👍👍👍
  • Massara Nati ….
    Massara Nati …September 16, 2013
    国宝】 足利義政が自らの山荘・東山殿として建設したもの。敷地内には会所、常御殿に加え観音殿、東求堂(銀閣)などが設けられていたが、義政の死後慈照寺となった後、観音殿、東求堂以外は失われた。一階を書院造の要素の濃い住宅風、二階を禅宗様を基調とした仏殿風にしつらえる。金閣とならぶ楼閣建築の双璧。
  • Nao
    NaoJanuary 20, 2016
    境内の建物は華美でなく質素感がありますが、とにかく境内の庭園が素晴らしいと思いました。 向月台に石庭、洗月泉、お茶の井など見どころたくさんあります。また、庭園の苔も本当に美しい。
  • Yuri G.
    Yuri GubanovSeptember 13, 2014
    Очень красивый сад камней! И обзорная точка на город есть. Понравилось не меньше Золотого храма.
  • Carlos Á.
    Espectacular lugar y maravilloso templo. Visita indispensable e inolvidable.
  • Jongyoon L.
    Jongyoon LeeFebruary 24, 2015
    철학의 길을 산책하다보면 금각사보다 여유있는 시간을 보낼 수 있어요
  • 名無し🐾
    名無し🐾June 9, 2017
  • Jenson L.
    Jenson LeeJanuary 6, 2015
    「銀閣寺之佳勝處,在於青苔。多種紅檜(或杉)、松樹、竹叢等。樹所寄根之地,皆覆以如絨之青苔般細草,呈現出除了綠之外的蒼黃,或另色之多層眼界。」- 舒國治《門外漢的京都》頁一四九
  • Mihyang S.
    Mihyang SonNovember 17, 2015
    생각보다 작은 규모의 절입니다. 뒤로 올라가면 은각사를 내려다볼 수 있는 전망대가 있어요.
  • Mym
    MymApril 18, 2016
    La postal del jardín japonés más que el templo
  • Higuchi Naoko 樋.
  • Ekkathan D.
    Ekkathan D.October 22, 2016
    สวย คนไม่มากเท่าไหร่
  • Fuyuhiko T.
    Fuyuhiko TakayaJanuary 5, 2017
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