August 30, 2015

Ginkaku-ji Temple: Silver Pavilion and Path of Philosphy

Ginkaku-ji Temple: Silver Pavilion

Ginkaku-ji Temple is not covered in glistening silver unlike the Kinkaku-ji temple which is covered in gold. It was built by the grandson of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, who built the Kinkaku-ji Temple, for his retirement.

Although it doesn't have the grandeur of the Golden Pavilion, it offers stunning moss and dry sand gardens.

The entrance is a 50-meter long fence on both sides made of camellias

Kannon-den (Ginkaku).

The Kannon Hall is a two-story building: the first level built in Japanese architecture style and the second level in Chinese temple style. On top of the roof is a bronze phoenix believed to be guarding the temple dedicated to Kannonbosatsu, the Goddess of Mercy.

Kogetsudai "Moon Viewing Platform".

The vast dry sand garden with a massive sand cone, Kogetsudai.

The Main Hall beside the garden.

The main hall, which is close to the public, houses paintings that dates back to 18th century.

Togu-do Hall. Oldest Shoin style building with one story Irimoya style.

The moss garden, which features ponds and bridges and small islands, is a feast for the eyes.

Moss garden.

View from the hill behind the buildings.

The temple is a World Cultural Heritage Site.

How to get there:

From Kawaramachi station of the Hankyu line, take City bus 5 or 17 and get off at Ginkakuji-michi.

From Kyoto station, take City bus 5, 17 or 100.

Opening Hours and fees: 

Opening Hours: 08:30H to 17:00H (09:00H to 16:30H from December to February)
No closing days

Fees: 500 yen

Website: Ginkaku-ji Temple (Japanese website)

Path of Philosophy

Consequently, from Ginkaku-ji temple you could walk to the Path of Philosophy which is one of the best cherry blossom spots during cherry blossom season. The path starts from the Ginkaku-ji temple extending to Nanzen-ji.

No cherry blossom yet. :(

My photos are quite dull due to cloudy weather that day. Sun randomly goes out and when I change my camera settings the clouds cover the sun again. Kind of frustrating actually. 

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