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Shokokuji Temple

#110 of 1,475 things to do in Kyoto
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Large temple with seemingly few visitors

Just my kind of place, away from the pressing crowds. I hired a bicycle to get to this one and... read more

Reviewed March 29, 2019
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Hidden gem , north of Imperial Palace park

The peaceful and not well known temple complex is on Imadegawa-dori, just across from the Sento... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2018
nancy c
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Karasumadori-Higashiiru, Imadegawa-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0033, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed March 29, 2019

Just my kind of place, away from the pressing crowds. I hired a bicycle to get to this one and there was hardly anyone there when I visited. Obviously a very important place at some point in time but just another big temple these days....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed October 26, 2018

The peaceful and not well known temple complex is on Imadegawa-dori, just across from the Sento, inside the Doshisha University campus. We were lucky to visit during the special fall opening of the main hall and dry garden. There are great examples of temple architecture,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank nancy c
Reviewed September 30, 2018

When we were in the Northern part of Kyoto, we stopped to see this large temple. We found out it was founded over 630 years ago in about 1382. The founder was the third Ashikaga shogun who lived lived from 1358-1408 AD. Now that's a...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed June 26, 2017

Shokoku Temple is said to have a wonderful gallery called Shotenkaku Gallery inside the venue. Two wonderful monochrome paintings by Ito Jakuchu are shown here. So, I visited the place a few days ago just to see the two paintings. You have to pay the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank tadJapan
Reviewed May 21, 2017

Your first stop in Kyoto will probably be The Imperial Palace. Well right next to it, across the side street, and a short walk from the Imadegawa Subway station is Shokoku-ji. This is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Kyoto. If you come out...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank bob2bkk
Reviewed May 22, 2016

I stayed at Shokokuji in the summer of 1972 - the abbot took in traveling students and professors to defray expenses. What I remember best, besides sitting in meditation with the abbot, are the amazing 15th century paintings on the screens and walls of the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Douglas6
Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

Really nice temple complex with no crowds at all. Nice and peaceful place with beautiful old buildings. Well worth checking out

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Vikky_Hugh
Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

Not the most popular spot means you can enjoy this temple without crowds. The main hall is spectacular with a large serpent dragon painted on the wood ceiling. Some of the panel doors were in the imperial palace. Beautiful friendship bell outside.

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Hitcher84
Reviewed December 25, 2015

I found out about this temple from a friendly local I met at a restaurant. According to him, it was the best temple in Kyoto. According to my guide, it wasn't even worth mentioning... I went there expecting something mediocre, and instead... I loved it!...More

Date of experience: December 2015
2  Thank Marco1875
Reviewed June 18, 2014

This wonderful temple is located in the middle of a university compound. The main hall is spaces and there are numerous portrait sculptures near the walls depicting famous former abbots. There is a small museum in a nearby building containing several items designated as National...More

Date of experience: June 2014
2  Thank Peter A
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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
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shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
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