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Senkoji Temple

Western Kyoto
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Address: 62 Arashiyamanakaoshitacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0004, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-861-2913

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10 minutes from Togetsukyo-bridge, walk along with river, other side of Arashiyama-area. Crime 10 minutes trekking path from behind Hoshiynoya resourt.. Sound of cars and... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

10 minutes from Togetsukyo-bridge, walk along with river, other side of Arashiyama-area. Crime 10 minutes trekking path from behind Hoshiynoya resourt.. Sound of cars and travelers gradually fade away. When you reach the temple on the mountain top, so quiet and you don’t believe you are in Kyoto (Most of Kyoto’s good view spot, you hear various city noise, ambulance... More 

1 Thank Monique1794
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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

From the monkey attraction it is approx 1-1.5km hilly walk/ride to this temple. But, compared to the hussle and bussle of every other temple, at 4pm this one walk an amazing peaceful walk next to a river in a valley. Very soothing. 400Y entry is worth it compared to 1000Y at other places. You get to ring a massive bell... More 

1 Thank pcmertzs
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

You need to climb up the hill to reach the temple but it's worth the effort. The fee is 400 yen. The morning is a good time to go.

Thank Paploen
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

The walk along the banks of the river and the photo stops of the colourful mountain along the way was unforgettable. It took much longer than the said 18 mins on the board. We didn't intend to come here but we kept walking along the banks of the river as it was so peaceful and just wanted to get away... More 

Thank Tweetcoz
Richmond, California
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

It seems as if it's fate that I stumbled upon this temple. It was a very steep incline that I thought I couldn't have make it here but if there's a will then there's a way. I would highly recommend visiting this place; it's as if my mind and body is rejuvenated here. The coincidence thing is that the founder... More 

Thank lvlivangel
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

We were walking along the river with great views, away from the tourists and found this little path up the mountain to the temple. The temple itself is not very worthy but the fact that you are almost completely alone and the beautiful path along the river, then the mountain, the views and the peace you breathe is what makes... More 

Thank Chucho2005
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

We were walking along the river when we stumbled over the path leading to this place. It is definitely off a beaten track as we were delighted to enjoy some tranquil moments during the peak season on Kyoto. The place offers a no-hassle soul soothing experience. The Monks are very timid and polite, no pushing to buy anything. You just... More 

Thank LotsOfFunTogether
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

This temple is off the beaten track. We reached it by being poled up the river in a barge, then we walked back. It's a very steep climb up to the temple, but the beauty and serenity of the place were wonderful. The Zen Buddhist monk is an amazing person who talked to us about Zen and taught us meditation.... More 

2 Thank wendy77BB
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Accidentally stumbled into this temple whole searching for another attraction. It takes about 20 walk from the monkey attraction. There is an entrance fee of 400 yen, which is said to use as maintenance fund for the temple. Upon reaching, you could feel the peace descends onto you. There wasn't any foreigners except for a couple of local visitors, which... More 

Thank Ray X
Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 21 October 2015

As a part of a small Overseas Adventure Travel group visiting Senkoji Temple, it was a pure pleasure to meet Obayashi San, the single Zen Buddhist monk who lives at and maintains this tiny treasure of a temple. This tiny, unique Zen temple was founded in 1614 as a memorial to workers who died in river control projects. It is... More 

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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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