Ginkakuji

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Timings : 8:30 - 17:00 (9:00 - 16:30 from December to February)

Entry Fee : JPY 500

Ginkakuji, Kyoto Overview

Ginkakuji is one of KyotoÍs historically rich zen temples, a tranquil and beautiful structure.

Located on the eastern outskirts of Kyoto, Ginkakuji, literally translated to ïSilver PavilionÍ, is a product of the Shogun Era in the 15th Century. It is home to the silver pavilion, a host of beautiful temple buildings and moss gardens and dry gardens, with a road circling these areas. The silver pavilion is dedicated to the Buddhist goddess, Kannon, but the inner sanctum is not open to the public.There is a massive, immaculate dry sand garden known as The Sea Of Silver Sand, near which is the main temple hall. Then there is the moss garden of Ginkakuji, which is maintained beautifully, with ponds, little streams and plants. The paths lead to a hill behind the Ginkakuji, which provides a beautiful view of the whole temple and silver pavilion.

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