Higashiyama Jisho-ji


4.5 (13100)

2 Ginkakujichō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8402, Japan

This 15th-century Zen temple features picturesque gardens & a sand mound shaped like Mount Fuji.

hourglassDuration: 01h00min

phone+81 75-771-5725

clockOpening hours

Mondays: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesdays: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesdays: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursdays: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Fridays: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturdays: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sundays: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


13100 review(s)

Ronen Caesar in the last week

This temple is a must-see, with its impressive architecture and beautifully maintained Zen garden. The surroundings are truly captivating.


Jordan 3 weeks ago

Our favorite temple in Kyoto (and Japan, but we didn't see many temples outside of Kyoto). There weren't a lot of people, especially compared to some of the nearby shrines we saw, and the landscape was striking—with meandering hills and meticulously cared for pebble sculptures. A very peaceful place to walk slowly.


Christina Liu 3 weeks ago

Chill experience compared to the Golden Pavillon. For those who don’t like crowded tourists area, you can come here to enjoy your zen time. The commercial area are less people and chill. You can take a walk and stroll to the Ginkaku-ji. It’s a very zen style atmosphere (very quiet and less touristy) and the garden are incredible and beautiful. The stone and trees are arranged well. The garden size is not too big to walk too much. Yet you can hike a little to the top and see the whole view. The toilet is also well built. You will feel refreshed after taking this trip. The garden is more popular among local people. The time we visited has no souvenir shop open. Great to not to have commercial things to fully enjoying the tranquility of Japanese style garden. We visit at noon on the weekend in Feb. great weather and view.


Adrian M 4 months ago

The silver pavilion, which is actually more white and brown, might be what this Buddhist temple is known for even though it's modest and understated. However, its simple yet precise design is set amongst trees, a pond, and a zen garden, making it a beautiful place to visit. As you walk through the well-kept grounds, you can go up a bit higher and get a bit of a view over the temple and neighbouring area. We arrived before opening time and soon, others gathered before the gates opened. It's not terribly crowded, thus not requiring a lot of lining up like other attractions, but there'll be tour groups using the same entrance.


James Henderson 4 months ago

The pavilion itself was nice. Not the fanciest or most striking that I have seen, but it's appeal is enhanced by its own reflection over the nearby pond. The best thing about this temple (in my opinion) was the short walk behind the pavilion. It takes you through a very tranquil moss garden and near waterfalls and streams.