How to enjoy Ginkakuji-temple (Silver Pavilion)??


Today, I will show you about Ginkakuji-temple (Silver Pavilion)!

Ginkakuji-temple is also called “Higashiyama-Jishouji”(東山慈照寺)

“Higashiyama”(東山) is the name of the mount of east in Kyoto.

Ginkakuji-temple is located in eastern of Kyoto.


It is one of the most popular sightseeing place in KYOTO.

And,Ginkakuji-temple(Silver Pavilion)is listed as “17 World Cultural Heritages in Kyoto”


Kinkakuji-temple is also listed it.

Easy bus way to Kinkakuji-temple(Golden Pavilion)


In this page, I will show you about

①Information about Ginkakuji-temple(Silver Pavilion)

②The way how to enjoy Ginkakuji-temple(Silver Pavilion)

③Easiest way to Ginkakuji-temple(Silver Pavilion)

①Information about Ginkakuji-temple(Silver Pavilion)

1)about Ginkakuji-temple

Ginkakuji-temple (Silver Pavilion) is a Zen temple along Kyoto’s eastern mountains (Higashiyama).

In 1482, shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa 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 changed into a Zen temple after Yoshimasa’s death in 1490.

2)Open hourHours

8:30 to 17:00 (9:00 to 16:30 from December to February)
Closed:No closing days

Admission:500 yen


②The way how to enjoy Ginkakuji-temple(Silver Pavilion)

Ginkakuji-temple consists of the Silver Pavilion,

other temple buildings, a beautiful moss garden and a Japanese sand garden.

We can enjoy  walking along a circular route around its grounds,

from which the gardens and buildings can be viewed.


Kougetsudai is one of the symbol of Ginkakuji-temple.

The height of Kougetsudai is 180cm,(5.9feet) made of dry sand.

It is maintained by staff of Ginkakuji-temple by Everyday.

It is said that ancient people enjoyed sitting on Kougetsudai to watch moon.

2)Please Don’t miss the observation deck in Ginkauji-temple

In Ginkakuji-temple, there is an observation deck in the north side of the temple.

I really recommend you visit this observation deck.

We can see the good Kyoto view from this deck.

view from observationdeck

③Easiest way to Ginkakuji-temple(Silver Pavilion) from Kyoto station

Easiest way to Ginkakuji-temple from Kyoto station is going by bus.


bus number :5, 17 or 100 from Kyoto Station.

It takes about 35-40 minutes, from Kyoto station.

Kyoto station

2)Easiest and cheapest ticket to ride on the bus

There is a very useful bus tickets in Kyoto.

This ticket is only 600 Japanese yen(almost 5 US dollars)

I think it is helpful for you taraveller in around Kyoto.

We can get this one-day pass easily at Kyoto station.

The easiest way to get this one-day pass at Bass terminal center of Kyoto station.

3)The easy way to get one-day pass

When you get off the Kyoto station and get out of the gate of station, you can see Kyoto Tower.

Kyoto tower


After that you can see an electric noticeboard about information of Kyoto city bus.

electric noticeboard


Beside of this noticeboard,  you can buy this one-day pass by staff of kyoto city bus.

then, please pay here.

With this ticket, you can go to Fushimiinari-shrine as well.

Fushimi-inari shrine

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