2. View the sights of Kyoto
  3. Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion of Jisho-ji)

Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion of Jisho-ji)


Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion) was built in 1482 in Muromachi Era by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa as his villa. Since Yoshimasa was a big fun of traditional culture, he built this temple with all his sense of beauty. Many cultural events such as tea ceremony and Japanese traditional dance performance were held here. Yoshimasa really enjoyed them especially when he got troubled with political. Ginkaku-ji Temple is completely opposite to gorgeous Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) built by his grandfather Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Ginkaku-ji Temple is simple and represents “Wabi” “Sabi“, which are the most basic parts of Japanese spiritual culture. In 1994, Ginkaku-ji Temple was registered as a World Heritage.