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Ginkakuji Temple, Kyoto Japan for Japan Travel Packages ( [Reginald Pentinio|Attribution 2.5 Generic]

Ginkaku-ji (in Japanese; "銀閣寺" which means in English, "Temple of the Silver Pavilion") is a Zen temple in Eastern foothills of Kyoto, Japan.  It's "official" name is Jishou-ji (in Japanese; 慈照寺 which means in English "Temple of Shining Mercy").  Ginkaku-ji was originally built in 1482 as a place of rest and solitude during retirement for the Shogun of the time Ashikaga Yoshimasa.  The grounds were modeled of his grandfather's retirement villa, Kinkaku-ji.