Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Originally built as 15th-century shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa's retirement villa, Ginkaku-ji Temple stands as a testament to developing Higashiyama culture, of which the shogun was a patron. Admire the so-called Silver Pavilion's unfinished aspect, typical of the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which emphasizes transience. The building has survived intact through earthquakes and fires that required the reconstruction of other structures on site. While you cannot enter the pavilion, circumnavigate the temple's grounds, including a moss garden and dry sand garden, to appreciate its careful layout. Ginkaku-ji Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • It is a small complex where there is a beautiful temple but on the impressive are its gardens. Ideal to stroll and relax. The best time to visit is early is very quiet.
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  • Kinkaku, ginkaku so will want to see again, but I once saw? And the view from the back like normal farmer's barn.
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