The Jisho-ji temple is a Zen Buddhist temple, also known as the Ginkakuji Temple, and it was once a retirement villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. Later, after his death, it was converted into a temple. The temple is well-known for its silver pagoda Ginkaku, Togu-do (a national treasure) and its dry sand gardens Ginshadan (Sea of Silver Sand) and Kogetsudai which represents Mt. Fuji.
It is a temple and its gardens are a good example of Japanese aesthetic, Wabi-sabi , which translates as ‘a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete’.
There is also a small pathway along the hill overlooking the temple, where you can find an observation deck to see the picturesque view of the temple grounds.
- 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
- 5-minute walk from City Bus Stop Ginkakuji-mae
- Opening hours:
- Open year round
March to November 8:30 to 17:00
December to February 9:00 to 16:30
- Adults 500 yen , child 300 yen