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 Edition.
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  • I had visited Ginkaku-ji before but it was the summer last time and it was ridiculously busy. This time is was still reasonably busy but not packed. My trip didn't quite hit the best of the autumn...  more »
  • You will have to walk uphill about half a mile, through small shops, and residencial homes, but the experience is worth it. Located at the foot of a hill, the secondary paths will require some highly....  more »
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