Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion)
Ginkakuji or Silver Pavilion is located in Kyoto. Back in the day it was a center for the arts during the 15th century when Ashikaga Yoshimasu was Shogun. At first it was supposed to be his retirement villa, but after his death it was converted into a Zen temple. The plans to cover the building with a silver foil were constantly delayed until the decision was made to leave it unfinished. Ginkakuji’s most notable feature is the dry sand garden also known as the “Sea of Silver Sand.” The garden is meticulously maintained and can be enjoyed along the designated path.