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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

#15 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035 , Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-561-2345
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Beautiful temple, especially during Hanatouro!

This is a large and relaxing temple to visit, inside you can really appreciate the large rooms and tatami, there is also an outside walkway where you can sit and look out over the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a large and relaxing temple to visit, inside you can really appreciate the large rooms and tatami, there is also an outside walkway where you can sit and look out over the garden. During Hanatouro (generally mid March) this temple also is illuminated, and has a spectacular light show in the garden in the evenings.

Thank Matt B
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You will feel tranquility and calm envelop you as you walk around this ancient site. This buddhist temple was built in the 13th century.

Thank GillMcL15
Stockholm County, Sweden
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The temple has a very beautiful garden. It's beautiful everythere. I really recommend it. Take a camera with you so u can take many photos.

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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was pure pleasure to visit this garden and temple in a light rain with only a few other visitors during a very crowded time in Kyoto. The garden is beautiful and the setting, against the mountain lends a dreamy feeling to the experience. Highly recommended.

Thank Dianne V
los angeles
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Reviewed 1 week ago

the paintings of blue azaleas on the screen doors were the highlight for me...and the garden was so beautiful...

Thank maitaifine
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went and saw this temple at night and whilst it was raining a little also. Great experience, very peaceful and beautiful. ¥800 to enter the castle grounds and you are not allowed to take pictures with tripods. The gardens are lit up as is some parts of the temple walls and it was simply stunning!

Thank Atchuthan V
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having visited many of the popular temples in Japan during our trip in Cherry Blossom season 2016 Shoren-in was probably the best of the lot. Unlike a lot of other temples it wasn't particularly crowded with tourists which was a big plus. The garden in this temple had one of the most beautiful and picturesque pond areas that we saw... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is in my opinion one of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto, and its also not as crowded as others, which makes it even more enjoyable.

Thank nathalieyes
Locarno, Switzerland
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

I really enjoyed to visit this temple! The traditional rooms with tatami, all looking on the peaceful garden. Check the frequentation times on google before you go and pick a moment where you can really enjoy it. Walking through the zen garden was a fantastic experience! (You have to pay a small fee to get in)

Thank ziobilly2015
Lapu Lapu, Philippines
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Our Japanese friend brought us here mid-afternoon during the scorching summer and we were grateful for it. The landscape was relaxing and pleasing to the eyes. Japanese Tatami mats, the sound of chirping birds, and the serene atmosphere endeared it to me. This was my favorite temple in Kyoto.

Thank kcmier

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