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Ginkakuji (Photo: Ginkakuji, the Temple of the Silver Pavillion – Jean-Marie Hullot / CC BY 2.0)

The Ginkakuji, also known as the“ Silver Pavilion ”, is a Buddhist Zen temple in the Higashiyama area in northeastern Kyoto. The surrounding gardens from the Edo period were designated a special historical site in 1952, and UNESCO took the Ginkakuji together with others Buildings in 1994 in the World Heritage Site Historic Kyoto.



2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto (Directions)


8:30 - 17:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 8:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 8:30 - 17:00
Thursday 8:30 - 17:00
Friday 8:30 - 17:00
Saturday 8:30 - 17:00
Sunday 8:30 - 17:00
Holidays 8:30 - 17:00



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What's unique

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

General Amenities

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30-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Railway

5-minute walk from City Bus Stop Ginkakuji-mae

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