Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji was the retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who gained inspiration from his grandfather’s gilded residence, Kinkaku-ji.

Ginkaku-ji features a garden with a spiral sand landscape

Though Yoshimasa’s plans to cover the pavilion in silver never came to fruition due to the Onin War that lasted from 1467 to 1477, the Ginkaku-ji Temple boasts a beauty aligned with the pared-down wabi-sabi aesthetic, which essentially celebrates imperfection. The “Silver Pavilion” features the “Sea of Silver Sand,” a garden with a spiral sand landscape and a cone-shaped mountain meant to emulate the moon’s reflection on a still pond.

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2 Ginkakujicho Higashiyama Jisho-ji 606-8402 Kyoto Japan


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