Guided tour

Kyoto: 1-Hour Ginkaku-ji Temple Guided Walking Tour

Kyoto: 1-Hour Ginkaku-ji Temple Guided Walking Tour

From US$ 22.16 per person

Enhance your visit to the UNESCO-listed Silver Pavilion—Ginkaku-ji Temple by discovering its history with a guide. Learn about its link to Higashiyama culture and the shogun who lived there.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site—Ginkaku-ji Temple
  • Learn about the history of the Silver Pavilion with your guide
  • Find out about Higashiyama culture and Japanese traditions
Full description
Take a short, fantastic, and value-packed trip to the Silver Pavilion, Ginkaku-ji Temple accompanied by a nationally-licensed guide. Discover the history of the Silver Pavilion, or Ginkaku-ji Temple, along with its beautiful and unique gardens of moss and dry sand. Built in the late 1400s, Ginkaku-ji was originally planned as a retirement villa for an art-obsessed shogun. Initial plans involved covering it with silver foil. Those plans were never realized, but the name remained. You can learn more about the history of this temple from one of your guide while strolling through the grounds and admiring the aesthetic beauty of the gardens and buildings.
  • Licensed local guide
  • Entrance fee. Please buy your entrance ticket before the tour.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Your guide will be waiting at the entrance of Ginkaku-ji.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Know before you go

  • Guides hold the Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification which is issued by the Japanese government and requires good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history
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Product ID: 393518