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Kyoto, Japan Attractions

Ginkakuji Temple

This Zen temple, known as the Silver Pavilion, has been a landmark along Kyoto's eastern mountains since 1482, when it was built by a shogun as a retirement home. Today, Ginkakuji, and six other structures, give visitors a glimpse of enduring Japanese traditions which had their origins here, including the tea ceremony, garden design and flower arrangement. The gardens at Ginkakuji are particularly noteworthy for their contrasting moss and dry sand. Visitors can stroll through these gardens along a circular path. The actual temple, the two storey Silver Pavilion, is not sheathed in silver: the name is used to distinguish the structure from the Golden Pavilion.

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