Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Ginkaku-ji, the Silver Pavilion and Gardens

This place dates back to 1490, built by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa for his retirement.
After his death it became a zen temple and is now open to the public
Though called the Silver temple or Silver Pavilion, this place is best known for its magnificent mossy gardens that run up the side of the mountains at the edge of Kyoto city. This is the view from the top of the garden overlooking the temple complex, the silver pavilion which contains no silver at all - at far left...
Curiously trimmed trees at the entrance to the Silver Pavilion grounds
The mossy surfaces are wonderful and are very carefully trimmed and cared for .
The autumnal colours are exquisite.
All pictures processed using Aurora HDR 2018

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