Jisho-ji Temple (Ginkaku-ji Temple)

A historical Zen temple featuring a silver pavilion and an expansive, well-known garden. An impressive assembly of traditional Japanese landscaping and architecture that is a must see during your stay in Kyoto.

At the end of the 15th century, Ashikaga Yoshimasa built the Jisho-ji as his villa. He was shogun then, taking the example of his grandfather who had built the Kinkaku-ji. After Yoshimasa’s death, the building was converted into a temple in accordance with his wishes. Ginkaku-ji (“Temple of the Silver Pavilion”) got its name from the Ginkaku (“Silver Pavilion”), which stands in the temple grounds. The temple’s Kannon-den and Togu-do are both designated as National Treasures.

The garden of this temple is famous as a historical site representative of the unique style of the Higashiyama culture of that time. Ginkaku-ji Temple Garden has an area of around 25,000 square meters. The garden is composed of two terraces. The upper terrace is arranged in the style of a dry garden using stones, sand, and plants with no water, to represent a scenic view. The lower terrace is designed to entertain visitors with changing scenes as they walk around the Kyoko-chi Pond. One Japanese custom is to enjoy the beauty of the autumnal full moon. In front of the main hall, which is the center of the temple, there are two large sand mounds called Ginshadan and Kogetsudai, intended to accentuate the beauty of the moon.


2 Ginkakuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee
500 yen (regular fee)
Open throughout the year
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/30-min. ride/Ginkakuji-michi Stop/10-min. walk

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