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.

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ginkakujichou 2 map map Map
[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
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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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  • Beautiful Gardens
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.06.11
    We stopped here despite the pouring rain. There is an entrance fee. The grounds are quite beautiful and you even can walk up a path of the side of the adjacent hill and find a wonderful overview of...
  • Awesome
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.31
    In spite of lots of visitors, this golden temple, mirrored in the lake, is awe inspiring. Others reckon you need to see it in autumn or in the snow, but I loved seeing is surrounded by acers and...
  • Beautiful gardens
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.22
    This was one of the first temples we visited in Kyoto and it is known as the silver pavilion and we got a bus here from our hotel. There is a short walk past restaurants and shops to get there and we...

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