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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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Such a beautiful place. Don't miss Ohara on your trip to Kyoto. It's so easy to get there (local bus). There are so many amazing gardens and temples. Its a moving experience just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful place. Don't miss Ohara on your trip to Kyoto. It's so easy to get there (local bus). There are so many amazing gardens and temples. Its a moving experience just to walk around and get lost...

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

among the Kyoto temples we visited, Sanzen-in and Kinkakuji are a bit of pompous, not so japanese in a traditional sense. Kinkakuji has a gold painted pavillion and Sanzen-in has plum tea with tiny goldleaf fragments. you actually see and drink golds :) it is so-called 'bling-bling'?.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Sanzen-in Temple has always been my favorite place in Kyoto ever since I first visited on the school field trip when I was in junior HS. (Yes, the beauty and tranquility of this temple were etched in my young mind of 15 years old!) The temple is in the area called Ōhara, that is about one hour train/bus ride from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The garden is located within an hour's drive from Kyoto but is worth taking the time to get there. It does not have crowds of people and feels very peaceful, with manicured garden. You can sit and have some tea enjoying serene harmony of amazing garden feeling part of nature.

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Iwakuni, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Gorgeous area and you can explore the garden and temple in the same time; beautiful view and so peaceful in the garden area. you will need at least couple hours to visit so you will have enough time to take pictures and see the beauty.

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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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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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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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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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