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Yogenin Temple

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Address: 656 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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Quiet little temple next to Sanjusangendo Temple

As I was making my way to their more famous neighbour, I came across this quiet little place. I was welcomed in by a pleasant young man despite not being Japanese and given an... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Locarno, Switzerland
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw this small temple just near to Sanjusangendo so I wanted to visit it, as I usually prefer non-touristic places. I took of my shoes and was waiting to pay the entrance, when a Japanese woman basically told me to go away and that I was not allowed in... I don't know why I was denied and why other... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

As I was making my way to their more famous neighbour, I came across this quiet little place. I was welcomed in by a pleasant young man despite not being Japanese and given an English translation of their information sheet. A small tour was in flow when I arrived and the commentary was in Japanese, but this didn't prevent me... More 

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Thank roslyn2dd
Nipomo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

"Japanese access only". That is what we were told by an officious woman at the entrance to this temple. Obviously I can understand if a religious site is closed to the public, or if entry is limited to worshipers when a religious rite is under way. But Japanese access only? That's simply racist. From other reviews it sounds like not... More 

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Thank pourgirl1
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015

This is a famous temple, because it has bloodstains on the ceiling from an ancient battle where many samurai committed suicide after a defeat. VERY creepy yet cool, too. A note of warning, English is NOT spoken here. We arranged some university students to come with us and guide us around, and everything was great. It's also right by a... More 

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3 Thank midoriu864
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

The blood-stained criling is very cool, and the history behind it (along with a number of other items/rooms in the temple) is very interesting. Unfortunately, there is no English guide or paperwork available so we were lucky to have a private guide with us. Otherwise, we would not have been able to really enjoy it.

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4 Thank maxpfowler
Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 723 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2015

On the way to Sanjusangendo we glanced into the garden of a temple across the street - Yōgen-in. We saw the most spectacular sakura.  It was by no means the oldest nor the biggest, but it cascaded down a slight hill magnificently.  The tree was being shot by a professional photographer, and we joined her in marveling at its beauty.  She... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

If you have been interested in Japanese history or the fate of Japanese Castles then you will want to visit this little temple. Down the side street next to Sanjusangendo and just behind the Hyatt Regency this little temple can be easily missed. This temple was built by or for Yodogimi (Yodo-dono) concubine of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. But first a little... More 

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Rushden, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2013 via mobile

A perfect little temple, just across the road from Sanjusangendo and so much quieter. I've been twice, fifteen years apart, and it still moves me. No one speaks English, the commentary is on a cassette player, but the painted screens are wonderful as is the blood stained ceiling. The ceiling was once the floor at Fushimi Castle and is the... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We were. Wandering around Kyoto, this little,rather deserted temple was evocative. Not too well maintained,it had the air of promise thst se places of true magic possess. We went down the path to find non English speaking guides, but they were so helpful,so kind in showing us everything that this sight stayed in our minds and became our favorite site... More 

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