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Address: 187 Ohara Shorinincho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1241, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-744-2409
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good but all templed out

This is a really nice temple area but to be honest by the time we reached here we had seen so many they all started to become a blur and we were fully temple and shrine out where... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1,527 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really nice temple area but to be honest by the time we reached here we had seen so many they all started to become a blur and we were fully temple and shrine out where each one starts to look like the last - it was one of the nicer ones so we would make the effort... More 

1 Thank swift314
New York
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

If you appreciate beautifully designed, contemplative spaces, you will probably want to visit Hosen in. I loved it. There are several beautiful gardens. The dry strolling garden is marvelous. It's a short stroll, but intensely beautiful. There's a pond garden that can be seen from several perspectives. The admission includes tea and a Japanese sweet. In the temple tatami room,... More 

1 Thank Leonard G
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73 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We arranged a car and driver to see Hosenin, Shorinin, Jikkoin, Sanzenin, and the area all in the same visit. The driver spoke English and served as a guide as well. It was very worthwhile to have a guide to visit all of these temples. The area is quiet and beautiful and the temples and their history are interesting. We... More 

1 Thank Gregg V
Beijing, China
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178 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

during our visit i focused on tiny springwater-related scenes. there were a few, very delicate. drank mocha when enjoying the courtyard beauty. Kyoto's mountains boast nice springwater, therefore nice tea and mocha.

1 Thank tensaisimon
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Quite hard to find, in the shadow of Sanzen-in. One of the five "bloody" temples, where the ceiling features bloodstained tiles from the Fushimi Castle siege. Inside, tea and sweets are served, in view of the 700-year-old pine in the garden.

Thank Kevin M
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Wear nice socks, and 'fresh' shoes, as you will be taking them off, and your feet will be on display. :) One of my favourite temples in Kyoto. Probably because.. it's almost not in Kyoto. It's not completely quiet, at least the two times I've been (for a special spring light up and a regular mid-day outing), but I love... More 

Thank miss e
Potomac Falls, Virginia
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23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Damon D
Orange, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank misocutlet
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 

4 Thank DaVincent
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 

19 Thank Erica M

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