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Ginkakuji is best known as the Silver Pavilion and was built in 1482. Unlike its golden counterpart Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji Temple is not actually plated with silver. However, the elegant temple is still a beautiful example of Japanese landscape architecture. Modelled after the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), this serene Zen temple used to be a private villa.



2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto (Map) (Directions)


8:30 - 17:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 8:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 8:30 - 17:00
Thursday 8:30 - 17:00
Friday 8:30 - 17:00
Saturday 8:30 - 17:00
Sunday 8:30 - 17:00
Holidays 8:30 - 17:00



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30-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Railway

5-minute walk from City Bus Stop Ginkakuji-mae

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