Jisho-ji Temple (Ginkaku-ji Temple)

A mountain retreat modeled after the Kinkaku-ji Temple (Gold Pavillion Temple) built by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, grandfather of the eighth Muromachi shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, in 1482. After Yoshimasa’s death, the villa was turned into a Rinzai Shokoku-ji school Zen Buddhist temple and, based on Yoshimasa’s posthumous name, the temple was named the Jishoji Temple. The Kannon Hall, commonly known as the Ginkaku (Silver Pavillion), is simple and elegant in its design; the Togu-do hall is the oldest extant example of ancient Japanese shoin-zukuri architecture and is designated a National Treasure.

Spot details

Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ginkakujichou 2
[3/1-11/30] 8:30-17:00
[12/Jan.- End of Feb.]9:00-16:30
open everyday
[Admission fee] [Adults/High school students and above] 500yen [Children (small/Junior high school students)] 300yen
Parking Lot
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (Some places are impassable due to steps and stairs)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (must be held or caged)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • One of Many Beautiful Temples in Kyoto
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.09.25
    Ginkakuji Temple was one of many I saw while touring around Kyoto. I was here in September and had the temple to myself. There is an entrance fee for this temple but its well worth a visit. I loved...
  • 13 May 2017 visit Ginkakuji Temple in Japan
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.08.06
    Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺, lit. Temple of the Silver Pavilion), officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺, lit. Temple of Shining Mercy), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo ward of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the...
  • ZEN all the way down!
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.11.13
    This beautiful temple probably is spectacular all year round, but when we visited it around this time last year, it was bursting with all the colors of fall, making it a sight straight out of a Manga...

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