Friday, December 30, 2016

Visiting Ginkakuji Temple (銀閣寺) in Kyoto—Personal Experience

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Ginkakuji Temple (銀閣寺) is located at the end of "Along the Old Canal" path (or Philosopher's Path) if you start the path from Nanzenji Temple. Ginkakuji literally means Silver Pavilion (銀閣寺), which is different from the temple named Kinkakuji (or Golden Pavilion / 金閣寺). However, the main building itself (i.e. Silver Pavilion) is modeled after the Golden Pavilion.

On 11/28/2016, I have visited Ginkakuji Temple via another route—I have arrived at Demachiyanagi Station (出町柳駅) and walked eastward on Imadegawa Dori. On the way to Ginkakuji Temple, I have also stopped by Kyoto University and Yoshida Hill.

Ginkakuji Temple outstanding

Ginkakuji consists of the Silver Pavilion, half a dozen other temple buildings, a beautiful moss garden and a unique dry sand garden. It can be enjoyed by walking along a circular route around its grounds, from which the gardens, buildings, and Kyoto City can be viewed. Below pictures are displayed in the same order visited by me on that circular route.

Two-Stored Silver Pavilion

Sand Garden


Bridge View

Temple Compound Viewed from Hillside

Kyoto City View

Moss Garden Covered with Leaves


  1. Kyoto Walks
  2. Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion)
  3. Kyoto Travel—Philosopher's Path (Along the Old Canal)
  4. Japan Travel: Eating in Nara (奈良) (Travel for a Purpose)
  5. Japan: Temple Lodging at Mount Koya (or Koyasan 高野山) (Travel for a Purpose)
  6. Temple Lodging in Koyasan—Personal Experience (Travel for a Purpose)
  7. Visiting Arashiyama (嵐山) in Kyoto—Personal Experience  (Travel for a Purpose)
  8. Visiting Ohara in Kyoto—Personal Experience  (Travel for a Purpose)
  9. Visiting Nigatsudo Hall (二月堂) in Nara—Personal Experience  (Travel for a Purpose)
  10. Visiting Yoshiki-en Garden (吉城園 / よしきえん) in Nara—Personal Experience  (Travel for a Purpose)
  11. Visiting Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)—Personal Experience  (Travel for a Purpose)
  12. Travel: How to Ride a Train in Japan (Travel for a Purpose)
  13. Japan Travel — How to Ride a Bus in Kyoto Area (Travel for a Purpose)

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