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IN A FEW WORDS

Following the path to the Silver Pavillion

DESCRIPTION

Ginkaku-ji

500¥ 8:30 - 17:00

The Ginkaku-ji, or Temple of the Silver Pavillion, is a Zen Temple originally constructed in the 15th century as a retirement villa for the shogun. The main temple structure was to be covered in silver foil emulating the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, but the work was delayed and never completed. In his later years, the Shogun became a Zen Buddhist monk and after his death, Ginkaku-ji became a Zen temple named after his Buddhist name.

Aside from its two main halls, considered as National Treasures, Ginkaku-ji hosts a carefully maintained white sand garden and a traditional Japanese garden with impressive views over the city.

Philosopher's path

Free

The Philosopher's path is a 2Km long pedestrian path along a canal surrounded by cherry trees, which covers the distance between the Ginkaku-ji and the Nanzen-ji temples. Its name derives from the famous Japanese Philosopher Nishida Kitaro who used to walk this path to get to Kyoto University while meditating.

A number of small restaurants, cafes and shops can be found along the path, as well as a few smaller temples and Shrines. Due to the high concentration of cherry trees, the Philosopher's Path is one of Kyoto's best spots for Hanami (cherry blossom viewing).

HOW TO GET THERE

Gingakuji-michi Station
Bus no. 5,17,32,100,102,203,204

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Both Ginkaku-ji and the beginning of the Philosopher's Path can be reached in a short walk from Ginkakuji-michi bus station. The path takes about 30 minutes to walk.

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