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Ginkaku-ji (Silver Temple), Kyoto

2 Ginkakuji-cho
Japan 606-8402
Tel: 81 75 771 5725's insider take:

The Silver Temple is almost as popular as its golden cousin, but many aficionados consider it far superior. Breathtakingly modern though half a millennium old, its sculpted sand garden would transport anyone into a Zen state (if not for the crowds). Ginkaku-ji is along Kyoto's "Philosopher's Path," a pedestrian stroll that follows a cherry tree–shaded canal and leads past a handful of interesting temples and gardens.

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