18. Ginkakuji 銀閣寺 is a Zen temple at the foot of Higashiyama Eastern Mountain. The temple was formally known as Tozan Jishoji as a retirement villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. Its formal name is Tozan Jishoji. The Silver Pavilion was constructed, modeled after is cousin Kinkakuji's Golden Pavilion. The legend is that there were originally plans to cover the pavilion in silver but this never happened, even so the name Silver Pavilion stuck. The villa was converted into a Zen temple after Yoshimasa's death and is well known for its zen garden, parts of which are of more recent additions. The unique Kogetsudai Moon Viewing Pavilion adds an enigmatic element to the surrounding horizontal sea of gravel.
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