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Shoren-in Temple

Address: 69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #14 of 437 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Incredibly beautiful temple. The night time illuminations were very beautiful, and walking through the garden at night was delightful! I haven't seen the temple during the day but would love to do so! I recommend seeing the illumination if you get the chance!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We went for the fall night time illumination, and it was just beautiful. Not what I expected (I thought it would be more fall colored trees), but the bamboo was amazing. We are very glad we went!

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Verona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It's a quite and peaceful temple where to meditate and recharge your soul. The best part is the garden, not to mention the pond you can admire from a room inside. I could sit there and contemplate for hours.

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Arles, France
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Just in the middle of two important temple (Heian Jingu & Yasaka Shrine), it was a really agreeable surprise to find such a nice and quiet temple during our journey. The garden is gorgeous and you can sit an contemplate it from an inside (and warm) room. Totally worth it !

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I went to Shoren-in on the advice of a friend. Compared to nearby sites such as Nanzen-ji, this one is a quiet little place. Tranquil and calm. Love it.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The garden of this temple is as good as they all say. Absorb the Zen calmness. If you are in Kyoto presumably you want to experience temples and this is one of the best.

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Eyam, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A beautiful, calm and traditional temple with lovely gardens and grounds. Lots of different rooms to explore a peaceful place to visit.

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Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is a real gem and is especially nice since it doesn't attract hoards of tourists--quiet and beautiful. Of course, if everyone followed my recommendation, there would be hoards of tourists.

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Frankston, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

Went here with high expectations after reading so many rave reviews...at first we thought we must have stumbled into the wrong temple! The gardens do not come close to any of the majors the temple itself is average at best. Would strongly suggest leaving this one off the list unless you have plenty of time on your hands!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Dont miss this temple when visiting Kyoto - its as beautiful as any other temple with lovely gardens to walk around but its so quiet and not very busy - well worth the effort.

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