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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

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Address: 69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035 , Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-2345
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Re-charge and unwind

One of my favourite places in Kyoto! It is great as there are less crowds and it feels so serene. I loved the open air temple with a view of the picturesque gardens. I sat quietly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favourite places in Kyoto! It is great as there are less crowds and it feels so serene. I loved the open air temple with a view of the picturesque gardens. I sat quietly at the edge, dangling my legs and admiring the view. A must visit!

Thank Jasmine C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can't believe this isn't #1 thing to do in Kyoto! Tucked away in the back streets, this temple is such a gem. It's a break from the loud noises and you can't help but feel extremely zen right from the get go. This is by far my favourite temple of all of Kyoto! Go here... You will not regret... More 

1 Thank instalaus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting many tourist spots full of people, I found peace here. The halls and garden are beautiful, I highly recommend this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

IMHO, this area with three great temples is the best place to take morning walk and pay respect to Buddha. The Place is als a dream place for history and nature lovers, who appreciate the combination of both. Trees and plants in the area are so well maintained, even a branch is supported with wood or metal structures.

Thank Cleetsang
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This temple doesn't feature much in the tourist guides which is probably why it's so special. The guidebooks rave about Chion-in which is definitely impressive and Tenryu-Ji and the bamboo forest (which would be magical if it wasn't so crowded) but if you want to experience a truly serene Buddhist temple without crowds, tourist shops, coach tours and hundreds of... More 

1 Thank cpccat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Very nice garden, go there at sunset. Typical Japanese feeling, with the Koi-Carps, tatami rooms, bamboo etc. Not so crowed, recommended.

Thank Ted_and_Chantal
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This is one of the nicest temples I visited in Kyoto.At busy times,go early,it is croweded. They have night lighting in Autumn but the day light was much better ( went twice ) Go up to the tea house,you will enjoy a view of the garden and temple from above.I also attended a tea ceremony on my 2nd visit,( in... More 

Thank naomipo A
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

This temple is quiet and there were very few visitors which made it very attractive as well as the innate beauty of the gardens and the energy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This lovely temple is in the Eastern section of Kyoto's temples and, though a bit of a walk, can be reached by foot. If you are visiting in the late November/December timeframe, they have an evening illumination of their gardens and buildings that casts lovely shadows across the compound. A small stand of bamboo graces the back section of a... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

A temple with night illumination that doesn't really get advertised much. Yes, it is a bit pricey but it is also less crowded, which in koyo time is really worth your money. Love the initial light illumination, sit down and let it take you away! Another spot that is worth is those bamboo grooves. At night with light, it is... More 

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