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Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion Garden)

The garden was designed as a country house for the Shogun Yosimasa and then became a temple garden. It is approached by a narrow walk lined with bamboo. The space then opens to show a large treasure pond which has two islands. The roof of the pavilion was intended to be covered with silver leaf. A low mound has white quartz, raked to symbolise waves and designed to be viewed by moonlight. The garden has a sho-in (scholar's seat) belonging to the Muromachi Period (1333 - 1573).

Ginkakujicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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  • almost 4 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    One of the most beautiful gardens I have ever laid my eyes on. Unfortunately the silver pavilion was undergoing maintenance when I was there but the garden overall was absolutely spectacular.

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Ginkakuji, Silver Pavilion Garden Photograph ©