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Ginkaku-An's entrance and garden


Last updated: 06/02/2014
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  • Pets considered:No
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Kyoto house description

Only a 2 minute walk to the historical Ginkakuji temple at the base of the eastern (Higashiyama) mountain, and 1 minute from the scenic Path of Philosophy, Ginkaku-An is located about 35 minutes by bus from Kyoto station. Just in from the main approach to Ginkakuji, the location is very quiet, and one can truly feel the beauty of the changing seasons there.

The great appeal of Ginkaku-An is not only the warmth, clean at-home quality, and privacy of its facilities, but its superior location. From here, you have easy access to the most well-know and charming spots in Kyoto, from Ginkakuji temple itself just up the hill, to the walking course provided by the Path of Philosophy, famous for its spectacular cherry blossoms in the spring, and changing leaves in the fall. Walking south along the Path of Philosophy, you will come across famous sites and Zen temples of Kyoto one after the next, from Honen-In, to Eikan-Do with its magnificent fall leaves, to the Zen temple of Nanzen-ji, famous in Japanese literature. Climbing its great gate, you will have a panoramic view of the city, the temple itself is famous for its Zen garden, and where you can sample Japanese green tea, and there is also aqueduct, which is the starting place for the canal that becomes the Path of Philosophy (the water actually is brought from Lake Biwa). The adjacent tofu restaurants are also a must for any Japanese or foreign visitor.

Also from Ginkaku-An, heading back in the direction of the city, it is a short bus ride (although walkable) to Heian Shrine, for a real taste of ancient Kyoto, and the adjacent museums which include the Kyoto National Museum, which holds many traditional and international exhibits, and the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art just across the street.

A bus ride north from Ginkaku-An will take you up the mountain of Hiei to the ancient Buddhist temple of Enryakuji, one of the oldest in Japan that has produced many of the great Buddhist and Zen masters. Not to mention, the view of Lake Biwa and the majestic trees are a sight to see. From there, you can even take a cable car down the other side of the mountain to Miidera in Sakamoto, all of this accomplishable in one day.

Using the convenient one-day bus pass (500 yen for the whole day) available from Kyoto city, please enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto to your heart's content. It is about 4 minutes from Ginkaku-An to the closest bus stop, where many different buses going to different locations around the city pass through. The taxi stand is only 3 minutes away, and the taxis run late into the night.

Along the main approach to Ginkakuji temple, you can enjoy shopping for all types of souvenirs, including the performance of the sale of the famous 'Yatsuhashi' (a triangular-shaped gummy rice cake with sweet bean paste in it), and many quaint coffee shops. Nearby, there are a number of restaurants serving Japanese, Chinese, and Western-style foods, and two supermarkets. The bank and post office are less than ten minutes (on foot) away.

Although of course there is a bath at Ginkaku-An, you can also try the nearby Japanese public bath for a small charge. By bus or train, within one hour you can have the full Japanese hot spring experience at either Arashiyama Hot Springs or Kurama Hot Springs, and about 15 minutes away you can go to the Kita Shirakawa Rajumu Hot Springs.

At Ginkaku-An, on the second floor there is a study with a bed, so you can take your time to relax, write, paint, or do other types of creative activities. We also have an ADSL and Wi-fi Internet connection. The kitchen is fully-equipped. You are free to sometimes make Kyoto-style food, or sometimes cook the food of your country. The washing machine comes along with a dryer function, so you can get by bringing fewer clothes. Everything necessary for your daily life is here, so you can spend your time conveniently and comfortably. Towels are provided but pajamas are not provided. Please confirm the rest of the details at our homepage. All our visitors have come away very satisfied, feeling that 'Ah, I could relax there just like I was in my own home.'

Please click next to the photo below, ?uLinks to more information: CLICK HERE?vto go to the homepage of Ginkaku-An, where you can see many more photos and movies. How to use the facilities, charges, and other information is there in detail.

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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 2-5

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Refrigerator
              • Catering Available
              • Kitchen
              • Ice Maker


              • Air Conditioning:

                air conditioners (4), heated floor, fan heater...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Washing Machine
              • Linens Provided


              • CD Player
              • Satellite / Cable
              • DVD Player


              • Wireless Internet
              • Computer Available
              • Broadband Access

              Location & View

                  • Mountain View


                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Shopping
                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking


                  Write a review 4.9
                  from 46 traveler reviews
                  2 Guests: (L)8,500JPY/guest/night (H)10,000JPY/guest/night
                  3 Guests: (L)7,000JPY/guest/night (H)8,000JPY/guest/night
                  4 Guests: (L)5,500JPY/guest/night (H)6,500JPY/guest/night
                  5 Guests: (L)4,800JPY/guest/night (H)5,500JPY/guest/night
                  (L):Low Season (H):High Season * High season is different in each year
                  * (H):High Season includes 12/27-1/3, 3/20-4/10, 4/29-5/5, 8/12-8/17, 10/20-12/10
                  * 5,000-10,000JPY for under 12 (Max. 3) / free for less than 2 w/o bed (1/1 adult)
                  * For 1 person the rate will be (L)17,000JPY/night (H)20,000JPY/night

                  Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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                  Last updated: 06/02/2014
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                  • A

                    Higashiyama-an View on map

                    It is a type of condominium house for rent which I manage. It located in Okazaki, Higashiyama.

                  • B

                    Kyoto Station View on map

                    It is the entrance of Kyoto. It takes about 20 minutes to Ginkaku-an from Kyoto station by taxi. It takes about 35 minutes by bus.

                  • C

                    Ginkaku temple View on map

                    There are a garden which is famous for the beauty of white sand hill and a building whose house device in Japanese style is worthy of Kyoto. Philosopher’s Walk which continues from Ginkaku temple to N

                  • D

                    Kyoto University View on map

                    This university was built in Japan second. I recommend to you a restaurant of a clock tower.

                  • E

                    Imperial Palace View on map

                    It is a palace where the emperors have lived since 1331 to 1869.Now, an enthronement ceremony is held at this Imperial Palace from generation to generation. And you can take a walk freely through the

                  • F

                    QANAT (Rakuhoku) View on map

                    Hypermarket, a hood, a restaurant, a fashion, life miscellaneous goods, the shopping center where the store has shop 70 of various genres. There is Uniqlo, too. It is about 10 minutes by bus from Gin

                  • G

                    Kyoto International Conference Center View on map

                    It has high quality facilities comparable to a television. It contains a world class convention hall with a reliable digital network system. The Takaragaike Park next door is a beautiful spot to rel

                  • H

                    O’Hara View on map

                    Yase is at the foot of Hiei Mountain. It is a beautiful place of unspoiled natural beauty and rich history. "Pot bath KAMABRO" of YASE is a popular interesting Japanese-style sauna. Continues from Y

                  • I

                    Kibune View on map

                    Kurama Temple and Kibune are known as "Power Spots" in Kyoto. These are tranquil places you can visit and come away feeling refreshed and energized. Kibune is traditional retro eat during the hot su

                  • J

                    Mt. Hiei View on map

                    Mt. Hiei is 848 meters above sea level. All of Mt. Hiei is covered the precincts of Enryaku temple. It is spiritual mountain which extends over north eastern in Kyoto and Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefectur


                  Tea ceremony is available around here.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2000

                  About the owner: I make a habit to walk with my two dogs (mini dachshunds, male) everyday, along the 'Path of Philosophy'. I heard one day a tourist say 'If my home were around here…,' so I resigned my last job last spring in 2007, as a long-time office worker. I took an empty house and remodeled it into and opened Ginkaku-An.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  For anyone interested in staying at Ginkaku-An, we hope that we are here for you to feel that 'this is the place that I can relax' or, 'this is my place in Kyoto'. If we have accomplished this, then we will be most satisfied.

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                  Speaks: english


                  • Ginkaku-An's entrance and garden

                    Ginkaku-An's entrance and garden

                  • 2F tatami room

                    2F tatami room

                  • kitchen


                  • 1F Sunroom

                    1F Sunroom

                  • Ginkakuji temple

                    Ginkakuji temple

                  • Living room and japanese tatami room

                    Living room and japanese tatami room

                  • 2F room

                    2F room

                  • bathroom


                  • Path of Philosophy

                    Path of Philosophy

                  • garden of Ginkakuji temple

                    garden of Ginkakuji temple

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                  This listing was first published here in 2007.

                  Date last modified - Tuesday, June 24, 2014


                  3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 5

                  View calendar: Updated 06/02/14
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                  Speaks: english

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