Beautiful Photos From Ginkakuji and Philosopher's Path - Kyoto, Japan.

by Ram Ya March. 08, 2017 7343 views

Ginkakuji (means the Silver Pavilion) was built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa. This pavilion was intended to be an escape from a shattered country that his weakening shogunate could no longer hold together. The creator moved in as soon as the building was completed and never actually got to coat it in Silver!

Ginkakuji, also known as Silver Pavilion - Kyoto, Japan

Ginkakuji also features beautifully maintained sand gardens. Somehow these simple creations are very peaceful to look at.

Sand gardens in Ginkakuji - Kyoto, Japan

Once you pass these sand gardens, you can enjoy Ginkakuji's moss gardens. They are beautifully designed with waterfalls, paths surrounded by green moss carpets, and water fountains.

Beautiful moss gardens

I met these two girls who agreed to a photo. I believe they are from South Korea.

Fall colors on full display next to the Ginkakuji

Once you pass the moss gardens there is a path which leads you to a small mountain. We took this trailhead to climb the Daimonji-Yama, the prominent mountain with the Chinese character for "great' cut into its bald face. This 90-minute hike is well worth for the best views of the city below. It started pouring rain at the top but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to capture this view.

View from the top of Daimonji-yama - Kyoto, Japan

After Ginkakuji, we walked along the Philosopher's path to reach our next destination. Philosopher's path is a walkway in northern Kyoto that starts from Nanzen-ji and connects major templates. It ends at the Ginkakuji. It got its name because the philosopher Nishida Kitaro took this path on his daily walks. This path follows a canal which lines a lot of cherry trees. During the cherry blossom season in April, this path is a paradise for photographing beautiful cherry blossoms.

Philosopher's path - Kyoto, Japan

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Mike Linehan 1 year, 3 months ago

Beautiful photos & a learning experience

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David Cardona 3 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful concept on creation! Thanks a lot for sharing and keep creating!

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jiten Dua 3 years, 10 months ago

wow amazingly captured nice work done by you sir

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 3 years, 10 months ago

#3 - love all the moss, reminds me of the Pacific Northwest

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Shimna M 3 years, 10 months ago

Great set of images Ram. Thanks for sharing :)

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike 3 years, 10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful photos. I love that one with the moss garden most, it looks like a home of the little folk and trolls. :)

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 years, 10 months ago

Everything seems to be in the right place. Japan at its best. great photo work Ram

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 10 months ago

Gorgeous set. I love those sand peaceful.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Aniket Pant 3 years, 10 months ago

Love the sand gardens! Thanks for sharing.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for sharing these lovely images! Cute girls!!!

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Barbra 3 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful photos !

3 years, 10 months ago Edited