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Hosenin

187 Ohara Shorinincho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1241, Japan
+81 75-744-2409
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Ranked #28 of 389 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Potomac
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Hosen-In is just a few steps away from the Sanzen-In exit. If you've taken the bus to Ohara and walked all the way up the hill to Sanzen-In, don't miss this little gem. It is a tad expensive at 700 Yen because the admission price includes cha. The grounds are beautiful as is the tea room. The view from the... More

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Orange, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

I don't know why so many Japanese admire this temple, although I am also Japanese. The admission is expensive (JPY800) because it includes matcha tea and cake. Actually, there are not many things to see in the temple. Maybe 10 minutes is enough to see everything. Besides, I don't think the "framed" gardens are not worth viewing for a while.... More

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Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I read the posts from here and decided to go to this place. It's not easy to get here. Because need to take public bus for at least 40mins ride from Kyoto to Ohara which is outskirt from the city. Need to do some homework and research on how to go to Ohara. But it's worth the effort to get... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This surprisingly small intimate temple, considered a sub-temple of Shoren-in is tucked away in Ohara. Ohara is a small hillside town, easily accessible from Kyoto, roughly 40 minutes by bus. However the temperature change is significant, please bring a light jacket or sweater. My husband and I traveled to Ohara via bus from a stop at Shiro Dori, a simply... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

While walking from temple to temple, you will be impressed by the sheer magnitude of this one. The surrounding grounds are also worth a visit.

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