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Sanzen-in Temple

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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 on the outskirts of Kyoto

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
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Aiea, Hawaii
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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