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