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Ginkakuji Temple, Sakyo

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Originally built as 15th-century shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa's retirement villa, Ginkakuji 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. Ginkakuji Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • Vi stod faktisk å vurderte å ikke dra innom, nå i etterkant så ser vi ikke det som ett alternativ og anbefaler alle turen. Særlig kan vi også anbefale gåturen fra Kiyomizu-dera og hit, da den også er ...  more »
  • Five minutes before the end of the reception ( 17 o'clock closing, 17:20 closing) was slippery, the customer was few, it was easy to spend. Because time was limited, I visited it in the main stroll of the garden. It was not flashy, but it was a very comfortable place. I don't know if it's a garden, but the mountains are part of the garden, and the moss-spreading ground and the trees with their hands and the distance between them are very beautiful, which is very impressive. I only saw the exterior of the building, but there were still some things that attracted attention everywhere, and I fell in love with the japanese architecture. It's only about 20 minutes until the park closes, but is it all right? I was worried, but it was enough because it was easy to walk for a few minutes, and it was easy to see(Though it was a sink watch.) (But it's not enough in 20 minutes to take a good look at it...) The caveat is that because the feet are bad (it looks like a mountain path), women should never go with heels. As for strollers, it is highly recommended that you go with a cuddle string because you have to lift most of them.
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