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Address: Monzencho, Oike-dori Shisenencho Higashi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8306, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful Peaceful ShrineOff the Beat Path

There are so many shrines in Kyoto it is difficult to choose which ones to visit. This shrine is a short walk from Nijo Castle. The gardens are very pretty and peaceful. What I... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2017
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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178 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

There are so many shrines in Kyoto it is difficult to choose which ones to visit. This shrine is a short walk from Nijo Castle. The gardens are very pretty and peaceful. What I truly enjoyed about this shrine was its beauty and lack of tourists. It is not one of the more popular shrines and as such you can... More 

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Sasebo, Japan
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely spot to walk through and just look around. Very scenic and beautiful. The bridge over the pond is the highlight, and there are little shrine areas too.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2016

A ride in the Green Car of the Nozomi Shinaknsen from Tokyo to Kyoto was something to look forward to. This was our first trip on the Bullet Train and we were excited. We had tried buying tickets online from India, but for some reason did not quite succeed. So we got them from the JR counter at Shinjuku station... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

To me this is what one sees in their minds eye when they picture a Japanese garden and temple. This place was "Zen" and truly relaxing-there were no other tourists around-there is a pretty red bridge over which you can walk to see the large Koi Carp in the water and feed the ducks if you bring some bread. A... More 

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Michigan
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320 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2015

After the crowds at the nearby Nijo Castle, it was refreshing to take a short walk here and enjoy a small, well kept temple that was not teeming with tourists. If you are already at the Nijo Castle you are missing out if you don't swing by to spend a few minutes here.

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Thank KeithK906
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Reviewed 8 May 2015 via mobile

Just 200m from Nijo-jo palace is this small ,quite garden with lots of flowers,fishes and few turtles.Apparently you can do some boat ride as well on small lake.

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Thank Jakub U
Kyoto, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2015

the festival is held through 5/4. I saw children's Mikoshi going around neighborhood. Various religious services and events are held. You can also enjoy Nodate outdoor tea ceremony only for today. Rhododendron are beautiful around a pound.

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Brisbane, Qld
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2015

We accidently found this as we were walking from the train station to the Manga Museum in Kyoto - didnt realise how far it was. Beautiful, well kept, clean and tidy. Even had ducks in the pond.

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Manila, Philippines
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239 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Coming from the Kyoto Art Club , I was intrigued with the number of people entering this place , which I found out was the rear of the garden where a tea house was located. The garden is small , compact but beautiful with a rich history tied to the Gion Matsuri and the Nijojo castle. A nice quiet niche... More 

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Singapore
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71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2012

Accidentally saw this place while biking from Myoshinji to central Kyoto. Beautiful temples (with people actually praying) and a gorgeous garden on the premises. Not overrun by tourists, which is a BIG plus in the tourist season.

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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