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Sanzen-in Temple

Address: 540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1242, Japan
Phone Number: +81 75-744-2531
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Ranked #20 of 385 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Athens, Greece
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54 reviews 54 reviews
3 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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Oakland, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Turkey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Tokyo
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

forbidden to take pictures. 1001 Wooden statues gathered in one place. It s quite impressive, but i couldn't help imagining them coming to life (lol)

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Hwasun-gun, South Korea
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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.

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Aalborg, Denmark
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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

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London, United Kingdom
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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

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Adelaide, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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

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Potomac
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16 helpful votes 16 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

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