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銀閣寺(慈照寺) Ginkaku-ji Temple

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Ginkaku-ji Temple Area
2, Ginkakujicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 606-8402, Japan
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[From 1st Mar to 30th Nov]8:30-17:00, [From 1st Dec to 28th Feb]9:00-16:30
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Date of post:2015/04/23

The temple with another pavilion in Kyoto

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The visit to Ginkaku-ji begins from the north end of the Philosopher’s Walk. There are many cherry trees along the canal and they are very beautiful when they bloom. From there, along the path to the main gate, there are many shops just like some other famous temples. You have to walk a little from the main gate to the entrance gate through the path with a special atmosphere.

The formal name of Ginkaku-ji is Jisho-ji, which means the Temple of Shining Mercy. The popular name, Ginkaku-ji, comes from the Ginkaku, the Silver Pavilion. The Buddha’s ashes are enshrined in the famous Golden Pavilion and, on the other hand, a Kannon is enshrined in this Silver Pavilion. This is one of the buildings that represent the Higashiyama Culture.

Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate, was a grandson of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the 3rd Shogun, who built the Golden Pavilion. It is said that Yoshimasa built the Silver Pavilion imitating his grandfarther’s production. But, actually, the styles are different.

Passing the entrance, you will find the pavilion and a mound of sand in the garden. This trapezium shaped mound is said to reflect the moonlight at night and called the Kogetsudai, the platform to welcome the moon. The other part of the garden formed with sand is also said to have a role to reflect the moonlight. The Silver Pavilion stands at the corner of the garden calmly. This building is rather sober compared to the Golden Pavilion. But it has a special flavor.

Passing besides the main building, you can go around the garden according to the path. The path will lead you to the higher place of the garden and you can look down the pavilion and a part of Kyoto city. After a round, you will come back to the pavilion and can take a look at the back side of it. Then you will find a souvenir shop before you get out. There you can find something for your friends.

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