We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sanzen-in Temple

540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1242, Japan
+81 75-744-2531
Website
Update attraction details
Ranked #13 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites
204 visitor photos
Write a Review

195 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    109
    72
    13
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Hwasun-gun, South Korea
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have a feeling this place is much nicer in the Spring or Fall. It seems that the foliage would make this place much more impressive. We ended our walk of the Philosophers Path here. After seeing Gingkakuji (The Silver Pavilion) and Eikan-do, this place didn't seem quite impressive.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Aalborg, Denmark
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

A little off-route from the acclaimed Tourist spots at Kyoto, but worth the travel from the main city to this quaint Temple by a 30 minutes bus journey. The temple, as our tourist guide said (for a minimum payout), was a monzeki temple of the Tendai sect. The garden adjoining the temple is a delight to sit and spend some... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

As mentioned in other reviews. This temple and especially the garden is worth the trip from Kyoto by 30 min bus. The road up the hill is quite touristy and disappointing, but temple garden is beautiful. Go for lunch instead at the Ohara riverside cafe; delicious fresh food. Just follow the walking path behind the bus station (opposite direction of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Adelaide, Australia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

It's a tourist spot that seems to be off the usual touristy radar partly because of the perception of difficulty in getting there for Western tourists. It's actually not that hard. The quickest way is to hop on the Karasuma line subway to Kyoto Kokusai Kaikan (Kyoto Convention Centre) and on exiting the station, turn to your left and head... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Potomac
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

If you are looking to get off of the Kyoto beaten path, take the bus to Ohara. After a peaceful drive through the mountainous countryside, take a leisurely stroll up the hill lined with quaint shops and restaurants that lead you to one of Kyoto's best temples: Sanzen-In. The temple and its grounds are gorgeous and will take some time... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cairns
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

A very pleasant day out with a lady free guide from AitaiJapan. Starting from Shijo station the journey took two train rides and lastly a bus ride to Ohara itself. Sanzen-in is a monzeki temple of the Tendai sect and was a very peaceful experience to wander the temple buildings and moss garden. We bought a temple bell on the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Porto, Portugal
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Go there in a early morning or late afternoon and just breath in the peace that that place exales. Do not need to see the inside of the temple (not really special and expensive).

Was this review helpful? Yes
England
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
15 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We took the bus from Kyoto station to O'hara and it took just over an hour each way, it was 580 yen each way. When the bus pulls into O'hara terminal (last stop) its about a 10 minute walk to the Sanzenin. You cross the road, follow the road uphill towards the souvenir shops, turn left at the top and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Seoul, South Korea
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Temple has a peaceful little garden. Atmosphere is good. I can feel the rural temple with sense. It takes 1 hour from downtown by Kyoto bus(number 16, 17, about 500yen one way) At the time I visit, I can get a tea or something to eat for free. I think the temple gives tea for selling more.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Stuttgart, Germany
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I was amazed by the beauty of the architecture, the grace of the temples and the surrounding areas. What sruk me with awe that suddenly in Kyoto you have a heavy traffic road and in the middle of town temples, unbelievable how all is inegrated

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Sanzen-in Temple also viewed

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 

Been to Sanzen-in Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Sanzen-in Temple, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing