Ginkaku-ji [The Silver Pavilion Temple]

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Ginkaku-ji [銀閣寺] was established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Muromachi Shogunate. Sitting on the roof is a golden bronze phoenix dedicated to Kannonbosatu [the Goddess of Mercy]. It faces east and protects Ginkaku-ji.

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Display of the various mosses blanketing the area:

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It is a beautiful area to stroll around and enjoy at your own pace, unlike the Kyoto Imperial Palace where the only way you’re getting in is with a guided tour.

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The overcast day gave the forested walkway a wonderful mood.

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Ginsyadan [銀沙灘] panorama, the white sand Kougetsudai [向月台] in the background is said to resemble Mt. Fuji:

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3 thoughts on “Ginkaku-ji [The Silver Pavilion Temple]

  1. Hi!
    I’m a 29 years old Japanese man living in Kyoto!
    I also like Ginkaku-ji. Did you walk Philosopher’s Walk (Tetsugaku no Michi) that follows a cherry-tree-lined canal between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji ?

  2. Yes, we walked along there (or a portion of it, I don’t remember all the details of the trip), it didn’t seem too special with the trees not in blossom at the time of the year we went. I would love to go back someday, probably not Kyoto again, but somewhere else in Japan.

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