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Sanzen-in Temple

540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1242, Japan
+81 75-744-2531
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Ranked #24 of 372 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Turkey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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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Tokyo
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20 helpful votes 20 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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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 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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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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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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4 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 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

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Adelaide, Australia
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63 helpful votes 63 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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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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Cairns
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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

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Porto, Portugal
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23 helpful votes 23 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).

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