Ginkaku-Ji Temple(銀閣寺)


The beauty of the garden and autumn leaves. Immerse in the world view of Japan.

Why called Ginkaku-ji?

You can also enjoy the area around Ginkaku-ji.



How to get to Ginkakuji from Kyoto Station by bus.


Unfortunately, there are no way to go to Ginkaku-ji by train.

You can take a bus! 


★ When going to Ginkaku-ji by bus

JR Kyoto station(Bus stop) ➡ Ginakaku-ji


・No.5 :Ginkakuji Temple Via Heian-jingu Shrin

(You should get off  bus Ginkakuji michi bus stop.)

・No.17 :Ginkakuji Temple

(You should take off the bus at Ginkakuji temple bus stop.)


・No.100【Exp】: Ginkakuji Temple Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple

(You should take off the bus at Ginakakuji mae bus stop)

※Use the front door and pay on entry.


Things of the glamour of Kinkaku-ji 


Enjoy the”Wabi – Sabi ”of Japan.

Wabi – Sabi” is words to appreciate Japan aesthetic sensibilities which represents “beauty within simplicity and imperfection.


You can enjoy a calm atmosphere that values aimplicity and quietness.


Karesannsui Garden


At first you enter the gate and stop at the eyes, white and sand gravel “Kougetsu dai” and 

represents a ripple “Ginsyadan”.

This garden were made in the Edo period. Special gardeners trim them once or twice in a month. 


Ochanoi (Spring water for tea ceremony)

Ginkaku-ji was built when ※Higashiyama culture flourished. Yoshimasa Ashikaga who made Ginkaku-ji loved “tea ceremony”. For real, it is said that the spring water was used as for tea ceremony. The spring water still is used. 


※HIgashiyama culture 

This culture of the idea is finding out beauty in simple things. It is kind of Buddhism called “Zenshu”, and has been influenced to prefer a simple life. The culture spread to people f various status  including common people and regions.


・Two-story building with different architecture.

Lower layer is Shoin-zukuri”, it is called “Shinku-den”. Upper layer is “Zenshu-butuden-dukuri” , it is called “Choon-kaku”.



It is the style of the housing, and most of the current Japanese-style housing.

It is acceptable to say “Shoin – zukuri ”.

You may hear “Tokonoma”, “Fusuma”, “Shoji”. There are widely- used things at Japanese house.






Why called Ginkaku-ji?


Ginkaku-ji was made by Yoshimasa Ashikaga imitating Kingaku-ji. But Ginkaku-ji 

is not covered silver foil.  You may be be disappointed…… ?

There are several reasons for not being covered with silver foil.


1: Financial difficulties

In 1482, there was a big war “Onin and Bunmei no ran ”. The war resulted in extreme financial hardship, so it could not be financially stuck and could not be pasted with silver foil.  


2: In the first place, there was a plan to put silver foil, but before than Yoshimasa Ashikaga died. 

And financial difficulties also overlap the time. People might have enough that “The building doesn’t need silver foil.” 


3: At the time t was covered with silver foil, but it fell off.

Kyoto was the center of Japan, and there were a lot of war. So the silver foil has been peels off, or people have peeled off confused.  

※According to the exterior wall survey, there is no trace that silver foil was stuck, both interior and exterior were black lacquered.


4: There was not originally plan to use silver foil.

There is also a section called that Ginkaku-ji is a villa to the rest and  Yoshimasa Ashikaga did not need a glittering decoration to spend time slowly. He hated politics,but he loved art. 

So he may have wanted to leave the world of luxury politics.


5: It was named “Ginku-ji” as  comparison of Kinkaku-ji.

“Kinkaku-ji ”and “Ginkaku-ji” were originally called these names from the Edo period.  

The original “Kinkaku-ji” name is “Rokuon-ji”. “Ginkaku-ji” is “Jion-ji”.

Ginkaku-ji has been constructed by imitatining Kinkaku-ji, and it is the theory taht it become Ginkaku-ji compared to Kinkaku-ji. 


Honestly nobody knows which is true…..


③You can also enjoy the area around Ginkaku-ji.

① Testugaku-no-michi (Phiosopher’s Path)

The path from Ginkaku-ji to Kumanonyakuou-jinnjya. In the spring season,  450 of Someiyoshino (cherry blossoms) bloom in  spring. Also you will admire the tinted autumn foliage in autumn.  The path show you different expression every season.

Various shops are lined up on the 2km road. (Cafe, gallery, souvenir shops…etc.)



jizou who be benefits from happiness and marriage. Down to Tetsugaku-no-michi and it is located across the third bridge. There are red stands out well. So you can find easily.

Originally it was enshrined in a merchant in Kyoto city. When Second World War started, this Jizou has moved to Niroku-in. 

The rumor spread that there is a profit to bring happiness, many people came to worship.

You can get “Goshuin (Stamp)”. Receiving a stamp when visiting shrines and temples is considered an act of merit.

Please pay the price to the money box(Saisen-box)if there are not staffs.


Open: 8:30am 〜 5:30pm


③DRIP & DROP COFFEE SUPPLY 〜Ginkaku-ji 〜( Coffee )


The cafe located just outside the Ginkaku-ji-michi bus stop. You can customize the coffee as your prefer. 

You can choose not only the type of beans but also the extraction method.(Espresso, French press, Paper drip, Aero press). They have 5 types of milk.()Regular milk、Blend rich milk、Fat free milk、Almond milk、Soy milk


This cafe looks like take-out only but  there is also counter seat.

Enjoy great coffee after walking around Ginkaku-ji !!




銀閣寺の入館料(entrance fee)

Ginkaku-ji entrance fee

Adult :  500yen    

Children (elementary and junior high school students):  300yen



Ginkaku-ji entrance time

・Summer (March〜 November)/ 8:30am 〜 5:00pm

・Winter (December 〜 February )/ 9:00am 〜 4:30pm




It is a Ginkaku-ij inferior to Kinkaku-ji in a glittering point, but a great spot which you can feel Japanese “Wabi – Sabi”.

“Sado (Tea ceremony)” ”Ikebana(Japanese flower arrangement)” ”Wa-shitsu(Japanese-style room)” are spreaded in the era of Higashiyama culture where Ginkaku-ji was build.

Go to Ginkaku-ji where you can feel the origin of the familiar culture to connect to the modern Japanese culture.


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  3. Jizo-In Temple(Tsubaki Dera Temple)(地蔵院/椿寺)

  4. Ryouan-Ji Temple(龍安寺)

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