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Sennyuji Temple

#109 of 1,368 things to do in Kyoto
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A gem

We came here after visiting Kiyomizu-dera - what a contrast! Kiyomizu is beautiful and of course... read more

Reviewed May 21, 2018
christina s
Bern, Switzerland
the unryuin sub-temple is the highlight!

the unryuin sub-temple up the hill was the highlight for me...there are meditation rooms which... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2017
los angeles
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May 21, 2018
“A gem”
Jan 16, 2018
“Massive disappointment, don't bother”
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27 Sennyuji Yamanouchicho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0977, Kyoto Prefecture
Southern Kyoto
+81 75-561-1551
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

We came here after visiting Kiyomizu-dera - what a contrast! Kiyomizu is beautiful and of course worth visiting, but the crowds and noise level and selfie-taking, kimono-wearing tourists don't really make it a peaceful experience. Sennyuji is a haven of peace and calm. We came...More

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Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

It's quite hard to find - up a substantial hill with no English sign posting. When we found it, we were changed 800 yen for access which we didn't mind, it looked like a promising temple. We walked around for a few minutes before we...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2017

the unryuin sub-temple up the hill was the highlight for me...there are meditation rooms which overlook the beautiful garden...and some of the meditation rooms have unusual sets of windows which focus on parts of the natural surroundings...i especially liked the circular enlightenment window....one of the...More

1  Thank maitaifine
Reviewed February 6, 2016

Sennyuji temple is in a class of its own, a lot of local/Japanese residents come here for the yang gui fei section that blesses them with great beauty, i seriously saw a great number of ladies go to the section. It must be big here....More

1  Thank DanielKJ
Reviewed November 11, 2015

A really beautiful temple with a statue of the Yang Gui Fei Kannon which appears to be the main attraction but we found the whole place, the gardens in particular wonderful and not many tourists about a real gem

2  Thank swift314
Reviewed November 4, 2015

This must be my favourite temple in Kyoto. It attracts far lesser amount of tourists than other temples because it is located on a hill. The place is more popular for local Japanese. The main attraction is the statue of the Yang Gui Fei Kannon,...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

This temple is steeped in history and is a hidden treasure of Kyoto. The reason I wanted to visit is that legend has it that the marvelous Japanese diarist and poet Sei Shonagon is said to have retired here following the downfall of her beloved...More

1  Thank jaraket
Reviewed September 29, 2011

This is really one of the most zen and understated temples in Kyoto, and really one of the more significant one as well. It was apparently founded in the year 856 and it is best known for its statue of the Yokihi Kannon. Yokihi is...More

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Reviewed June 17, 2009

if you wonder where you visit second visit to Kyoto, I highly recommend you to visit here. It has many gardens and small temples in huge area. one of small temple (called 'Hidain') has a view to overlook Kyoto city. I have lost my way...More

2  Thank Yully
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