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    Ginkaku-ji Temple

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    Ginkaku-ji Temple

    Symbolic elegance and beauty from the Higashiyama era

    The 8th Ashikaga Shogun, Masayoshi Ashikaga founded his villa at this location and the villa was converted into a Zen temple after his death.  While the Higashiyama culture prospered in the 14th century as a result of its highly respected simplicity, this temple is the most successful example that actually expresses the philosophy.  The Ginkaku, or Kannon-den Hall is a National Treasure and consists of two stories of different styles.  Their stroll style garden spreading out at the foot of Mount Tsukimachi skillfully arranges both rocks and trees.  There is an impressive cone-shape figure made with white sand in the garden and white gravel makes a beautiful wave on the ground, both representative of the simple yet strong sense of beauty in Japan.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,December issue,2013

    INFORMATION

    Name Ginkaku-ji Temple
    Address 2 Ginkakuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075–771-5725
    Hours 8:30-17:00 (Mar.-Nov.), 9:00-16:30 (Dec.-Feb.)
    Closed
    Resevation
    URL http://www.shokoku-ji.jp
    Recommended Entry: 500 yen

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