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Address: 540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1242, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-744-2531
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Beautiful temple

In my opinion, I found Sanzen-in temple is the most beautiful temple I have visited during my trip to Kyoto. The location could be easily found which was nearby Ohara bus station... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

In my opinion, I found Sanzen-in temple is the most beautiful temple I have visited during my trip to Kyoto. The location could be easily found which was nearby Ohara bus station. I took bus 17 from Kyoto bus station[in front of Isetan] to reach there. It wasn't crowded and I can enjoy the peaceful and tranquility in the temple.

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This temple is small has interesting moss covered ground with small, smiling, fat Buddhas poking out. It's a pretty cool sight. Behind the temple is a small waterfall with a 10 min trek. The front of the temple has old-style shops\stalls selling Tsukemono or pickled vegetables. This is a huge industry in Kyoto and the mountains around Kyoto produce some... More 

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Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Sanzen-in Temple is a well known location for enjoying the beautiful autumn colors. We were able to take a single bus (Kyoto City Bus #17) from downtown that took us all the way to Ohara (last stop). The scenery on the ride was particularly enjoyable as we traveled out of the city to the countryside/farm area. While we tried to... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Sanzen-in temple (三千院, さんぜんいん) is one of many famous fall foliage locations in Kyoyo. It is located in the northeast of Kyoto Station in the rural town of Ohara (大原), about 20 km (12.4 mi) by car. Denkyo-daishi Saicho, the founder of Enryakuji (延暦寺) in Mount Hieizan (比叡山), built small buildings on Mt. Hiei as priests' houses in 788, which... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I first went to Sanzen-in about 47 years ago with my wife when we were on our honeymoon and stayed a few days in Kyoto. At that time it was out at the end of a bus line, it was in June and it was the most serene, beautiful temple I have ever visited. Would that I can keep that... More 

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Athens, Greece
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

One of the best temple experience in Kyoto. We liked very much the fact that we could visit the interior rooms - halls of the temple and admire the paintings and decoration. The gardens and the surrounding is also magnificent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I got on a bus that was clearly marked and it took me to OHARA and then you follow people up the hill to Sanzen in Temple... it helps if you know that "San" is three horizontal lines in Kanji as I did not see an english sign. the path up is along a stream. I arrived as they opened... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

you must see it, it is quite and graceful...gardens ,ponds and other facilities are rather nice.there are some zen gardens too...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It takes about an hour to reach this temple by bus from Kyoto Station. You get off at the last stop which is Ohara, and it's a lovely 15 minute walk, uphill though, to the temple. The Ohara area is quite rustic and peaceful. During the off season, not much people visit this temple. When I visited last year in... More 

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Hwasun-gun, South Korea
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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.

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