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Ginkaku-ji Temple

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Both are recommended by expert writers. Overall, Kiyomizu-dera Temple scores marginally better than Ginkaku-ji Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is ranked #1 in Kyoto with positive reviews from 5 reviewers including Frommer's, Atlas Obscura and Lonely Planet.

Both are recommended by expert writers. Overall, Kiyomizu-dera Temple scores marginally better than Ginkaku-ji Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is ranked #1 in Kyoto with positive reviews from 5 reviewers including Frommer's, Atlas Obscura and Lonely Planet.

tripexpert score
96
#2 in Kyoto
location

2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8402

endorsements
  • 5 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    The Temple of the Silver Pavilion... is an exercise in elegance and restraint. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    Ginkakuji, considered one of the more beautiful structures in Kyoto, was built in 1482 as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Home to a sumptuous garden and elegant structures, Ginkaku-ji is one of Kyoto's premier sites. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    It is cited as an example of "East Mountain" culture, combining aesthetic concepts related to the Zen philosophy with a hint of wabi-sabi (refined simplicity). The garden is magnificent. Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    Breathtakingly modern though half a millennium old, its sculpted sand garden would transport anyone into a Zen state (if not for the crowds).

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97
#1 in Kyoto

Mt. Otowa, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

  • 5 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Pilgrims have climbed Higashiyama's cobblestone streets lined with tea shops and craft vendors to this gorgeous mountainside temple for centuries. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    This is Higashiyama-ku's most famous temple, known throughout Japan for the grand views afforded from its main hall. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    A buzzing hive of activity perched on a hill overlooking the basin of Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera is one of Kyoto's most popular and most enjoyable temples Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    Dedicated to merciful Kannon, Kiyomizu-dera dates back to the 8C, although the current buildings date from the 17C Full Review →

  • 68

    Atlas Obscura

    A shrine contains nearly 200 statues of the Buddhist deity Jizo, dressed in bibs by parents who have lost a child.  Full Review →

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