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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

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Pretty place to meditate

Located where the first Zen temple of Japan was held, this place is an area of peace and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Gem of a temple..

This was within walking distance of our hotel so we left it to the next to last day of the trip... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Located where the first Zen temple of Japan was held, this place is an area of peace and midfullness. Just go there to see then scenery and let go of everything. Went there in the afternoon with a lot of people, but everybody was quiet...More

Thank Jean-François T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was within walking distance of our hotel so we left it to the next to last day of the trip. The temple was really a great treat; esthetic, balanced, serene and harmonious. I could have easily spent a half day here absorbing the wonderful...More

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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Go early to avoid the crowds..much different experience w not a huge crowd very peaceful and representative of kyotos gardens..not the bestie kyoto but far from the worst

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Reviewed August 2, 2018

Very peaceful. We enjoyed the walk and wish it is not so hot and humid during our visit. The entrance fee is not that expensive and it's close to Arashiyama and not far from the train station.

Thank ellasm0m
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Kinda of neat to see a virtual Forrest of bamboo. It’s a fairly easy walk and not so crowded. Well wort the effort to visit if you are in Kyoto. Lots to see in Kyoto so put this one on your list.

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Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

This was our first temple in Kyoto and completely amazing. The temple is less crowded than the rest in the area and is completely worth the visit. The garden is peaceful and quiet, the greens are beautiful with their reflexion in the pond.

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Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

We almost didn’t visit at the sight of the unassuming ticket entrance... the visit start with a rather ordinary suites of small rooms with your shoes in plastic bag, it’s very cosy. Then, once you step out and put your shoes again out for the...More

Reviewed May 26, 2018

Kyoto has so many shrines and temples, along with gardens. See as many of them as you can as they bring you a sense of time immortal and bliss.

Thank 422sallyu
Reviewed May 25, 2018 via mobile

We went there on a rainy Wednesday morning based on the recommendation from a freiend that this is a place that is overlooked by tourists. And he was right. There were very few tourists in what I consider one of he prettiest Japanese gardens in...More

Thank jk1974
Reviewed May 21, 2018

perhaps not the most spectacular garden in Kyoto, but I went on opening (09.30) and there were herons and cranes in abundance, which made it just that little bit special.

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Vica A
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Response from laurelee36 | Reviewed this property |
Ditto...1 to 2 hours
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Response from hfot2 | Reviewed this property |
"Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (and 18:00 to 22:00 during spring and autumn evening illuminations)" according to their listing on Japan Guide Please mark it if this is helpful.