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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

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Address: 69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-561-2345
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

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Unbelievable night visit

Visited this temple at night and.... Wow!!! This is very well organized with perfect light for incredible photos. Suggest to be there at opening time, in order to avoid the crowd... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Grosseto, Italy
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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went for the illuminations and they were nice, but I think this place is probably better by day, given that other reviewers say that the highlights are the indoor art and the lack of crowds.

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Grosseto, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited this temple at night and.... Wow!!! This is very well organized with perfect light for incredible photos. Suggest to be there at opening time, in order to avoid the crowd. Veryvery suggested.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you love Japanese history, probably already know some tale of this temple, once upon a time, long ago, the Imperial family stay here on few occasion, a beautiful temple to visit and relax to walk around, since not too crowded like others sight, a famous Japanese designer use the Lotus flower on the fabric, basic on this temple, you... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It's easy to walk right this place moving from hien shrine to higashiyama. Despite the big camphor trees out front. But this is a delightful garden and very restful place. Seems to be off the tour party list so also less crowded. Go again at night for the lights in autumn.

Thank ZN9999
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is hard to miss with it's big camphor trees, however it seems not very popular with the tourist, which was all the better for us. For once we had not to walk in queues in the garden. Beautiful landscaped garden. Don't miss it, it is worth the 500Yen admission fee you have to pay.

Thank Belgy11
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our early December visit the foliage was at its best. This temple garden has it all. (Not to mention a connection to the imperial family.) Pay your entrance fee and take off your shoes. First you visit an open hall with lovely floral painted fusuma doors, elegant paintings on the upper walls, and tatami mats on which you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To me this is the hidden gem of Kyoto, the garden is fantastic and very scenic, i was there in the afternoon and the light was fading fast. I would definitely recommend to go early morning when light is probably at it's best and it's not yet crowded! My visit in the afternoon maybe had 10-15 people in the whole... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple is probably not the most popular with tourists. We went in the middle of the day and it wasn't at all crowded. We had seen a couple of temples already by the time we reached here. And wondered whether we really wanted to go in. Luckily we did. The temple is beautiful, serene. You can actually see the... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited first thing in the morning, so there were not too many tourists around - which for a place that is all about piece and quiet, it surely matters :) Pay the entry fee so you can go inside to see everything. I found it very beautiful and full of energy. I can imagine in November it must be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple, built in 1144, was once the home of imperial princes and the building and its decorations reflect that. The garden is absolutely beautiful and well worth visiting.

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