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Ginkaku-ji Temple (Jisho-ji Temple)

Travel Guide - Ginkaku-ji Temple (Jisho-ji Temple)


Ginkaku-ji Temple was built in 1482 originally as a villa "Ginkaku" for the 8th Muromachi Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa after the example of "Kinkaku (Kinkaku-ji Temple)" built by his grand father, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Yoshimasa used the villa as a genteel retreat from the turmoil of civil war. After Yoshimasa’s death, the villa was turned into a Zen temple called Jisho-ji Temple. "Jisho" means Yoshimasa’s posthumous Buddhist name.
The Dojinsai room in the temple's Togu-do Hall is the oldest example of Shoin-zukuri (Japanese traditional residential architectural style) in existence. The design of the temple's Karesansui-style dry garden with meticulously raked Ginsyadan (sand waves) and Kogetsudai (piles of sand) was influenced by the thought of Zen Buddhism.
Although its name translates as "Silver Pavilion", the building of Ginkaku-ji Temple is not covered in silver. It is still uncertain but there are two possible reasons for that. The first is because of their financial difficulties at that time. The second is because it was simply called "Ginkaku" as contrast with "Kinkaku (Gold Pavillion)" and they did not to plan to cover the building in sliver from the very beginning.
Ginkaku-ji Temple was registered as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto in 1994.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:30 - 17:00 (March - November)
  • 9:00 - 16:30 (December - February)


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 500 yen (General, Adult)
  • 300 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 25 minutes from from JR Kyoto Station by the #5 or #17 bus. Get off at Ginkaku-ji-michi Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 2, Ginkakujicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8402


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My Trawel @MyTrawel - 2019-07-30
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japon1minuto @japon1minuto - 2019-06-28
Silver pavilion. 
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JApedia @Japantraveler2 - 2019-06-20
[Old structure in Kyoto]
Ginkakuji temple
Compare with Kinkakuji temple, Ginkaku is not Gorgeous.
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FANTASTIC JAPAN @fantasticjapan0 - 2019-06-12
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★叛賊☆ @RebelRhodes - 2019-05-17
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tettunbnn @tettunbnn - 2019-05-08
I am going to go to Kyoto,Osaka,Hiroshima from tomorrow three days.
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FANTASTIC JAPAN @fantasticjapan0 - 2019-05-07
Ginkaku-ji is a Zen temple that symbolizes the Higashiyama Culture of the Muromachi period👍
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柚木桔子kikko* @rkgkikko - 2019-04-23
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FANTASTIC JAPAN @fantasticjapan0 - 2019-04-13
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ZERO 8996 @2012Wish - 2019-04-02
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akiopiyopiyo @akiopiyopiyo - 2019-03-22
Today, I'm visiting Ginkaku-temple.
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Ben Boswell @BBPotters - 2019-03-18
Pictures from Japan,

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TATSUYA HORIBE @rehabilly - 2019-02-28
We enjoyed sightseeing at Ginkaku ji temple in Kyoto with Dale, Adam, Celine, Katz, Liu.
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Anju @TravelingAnju - 2018-11-18
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art EN INT @artEN_ITN - 2018-10-09
Ginkakuji Temple was built in 1482.
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Veronica Navarretta @tastefulpalate - 2018-07-04
Just over three hours on the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto past Mt. Fuji to reach a most beautiful Zen place, th… https://t.co/zEhofwvPcI
Darlene Fisher @ThirstyJourneys - 2018-06-16
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Mapsofworld Travel @TravelWithMOW - 2018-05-11
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JpnScope @jpnscope - 2018-04-04
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Mr. Alberto @MrBetox9 - 2018-04-04
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Sheryle Smith @SmithSheryle - 2018-04-04
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Glory @Glory98948692 - 2018-03-24
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Daily Tour @TheDailyTour - 2018-02-23
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