Ginkaku-ji Temple, a Zen temple, was established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Muromachi Shogunate. Yoshimasa built Villa Higashiyama den to spend his retired life.
Compared to the more famous Kinkaku-ji, I much prefer Ginkaku-ji. It is smaller but you can really see and feel how each element of the place was well thought of. As a tourist, the flow of the place really left me in awe. I was actually rather enjoying the place that I forgot to take photos! It was a perfect place to stroll and when you get to the highest point, you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Kyoto.
Near Ginkaku-ji is the Philosopher’s Path. Since we visited in October, it wasn’t quite a site to see. I hear it is lined with Cherry Blossoms which make it the perfect place to take a stroll during spring. We walked the first 500 meters (it’s 2km long) to see if we could see some fall foliage but to our disappointment, it just looked like a canal with a sidewalk. Hey, it’s just another reason to go back, right?