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 sand garden © bribri
Ginkaku-ji Temple (“The Silver Pavilion”) is on everyone’s checklist of sights to see while in Kyoto, both foreigners and Japanese alike. We understand why: it’s about as beautiful as any temple in the city. But, if you visit between 10am and 4pm, especially on a weekend or holiday, it is almost impossible to enjoy the place. You’ll merely have to shuffle through the grounds with hundreds of other camera-toting and generally miserable tourists. So, go right when the place opens or just before it closes, ideally on a Monday. And 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.
2 Ginkaku-ji-cho, Sakyo-ku
Junior high and elementary school students: 300
Non-smoking area: Yes
10min walk from Ginkaku-ji-michi Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 5 or 17 from Kyoto Station
Official Website (Japanese)
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