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"The Ginkakuji Temple", built in 1397 ©2001 photo Elroy Christenson
This is a sprawling garden with several wooden structures dates back to 1397. This is just prior to the Italian Renaissance. It has a dry sand garden as well as a couple of streams that come down from the overlooking hill with its bamboo lined wandering paths. The name means "Silver Pavilion". The wooden structure here was intended to be covered with silver leaf when first designed but the original war lord apparently ran out of funds for its completion. It still stands as one of the better examples of Medieval royal architecture from Japanese history.