Ginkakuji (銀閣寺, Silver Pavilion) Zen Temple, Kyoto, Kansai, Japan

Visit Ginkakuji Zen Temple (dated 30 Nov 2014) as part of the Kyoto extended trip, after Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), under UNESCO World Heritage List. Since it is always like a pair of high contrast, one golden and another in silver - golden silver pavilion.

Compare with Golden Pavilion build just near the lake without tree block the scenic view, Silver Pavilion can not be close up like Golden Pavilion. You need to climb the hill to have better view. The dry sand garden also give me very good impression. Since this is zen temple, off course the design is much different and give the zen feeling.

The Gingakuji zen temple map at outside of the temple.

At the main entrance will show the original name for the temple - Jisho Ji (慈照寺).

Close up on the silver pavilion. 

Beautiful dry landscape sand garden  (枯山水 karesansui), or simply zen garden or Japanese rock garden landscape.

Another photo take while enjoy dry sand garden.

The garden is beautiful, silver pavilion is hidden within the garden. It is hard and impossible to get the full building in the close up at the right angle.

Another nice view of silver pavilion.

The garden is beautiful, silver pavilion is hidden within the garden. It is hard and impossible to get the full building in the close up at the right angle.

Beautiful momiji saw during climb the hill to have the better view on the zen temple.

Take the photo from the hill.

Another beautiful momiji saw before exist the zen temple.

Additional Internet Information collect and compile regard Ginkakuji zen temple

Ginkakuji (銀閣寺), Silver Pavilion, officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺) is a Zen temple along Kyoto's eastern mountains (Higashiyama). In 1482, shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa ( 足利義政) built his retirement villa on the grounds of today's temple, modeling it after Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), his grandfather's retirement villa at the base of Kyoto's northern mountains (Kitayama). The villa was converted into a Zen temple after Yoshimasa's death in 1490. The Kannon hall is the main building at the temple. It is popularly known as Ginkaku, the Silver Pavilion. It is said that the original intention was to cover it in silver, but this never happened, therefore it is actually a beautiful wooden structure.  In addition to that building, the temple features wooded grounds covered with a variety of mosses, and a Japanese garden. There is also a pathway that leads up a small hill where you can gain different views of Ginkakuji.

As the retirement villa of an art obsessed shogun, Ginkakuji became a center of contemporary culture, known as the Higashiyama Culture ( 東山文化) in contrast to the Kitayama Culture ( 北山文化) of his grandfather's times. Unlike the Kitayama Culture, which remained limited to the aristocratic circles of Kyoto, the Higashiyama Culture had a broad impact on the entire country. The arts developed and refined during the time include the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, noh theater, poetry, garden design and architecture.

Today, Ginkakuji consists of the Silver Pavilion, half a dozen other temple buildings, a beautiful moss garden and a unique dry sand garden. It is enjoyed by walking along a circular route around its grounds, from which the gardens and buildings can be viewed.

In 1994 Ginkakuji was registered on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

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