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Quiet, with great views...

If you want to escape the mad crush at Arashiyama, Horin-ji makes a nice visit. It has great views... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2016
Leonard G
New York
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The Horin-ji Temple on a Hilltop near the Southern End of the Togetsu-kyo Bridge

The Horin-ji Temple is on a hill near the south end of the Togetsu-kyo Bridge in the Arashiyama... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2015
Vancouver, Canada
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Oct 22, 2016
“Quiet, with great views...”
Apr 22, 2016
“法輪寺 [京都] Hōrinji (Kyōto)”
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68 Arashiyamakokuzoyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0006, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

If you want to escape the mad crush at Arashiyama, Horin-ji makes a nice visit. It has great views of Kyoto and the surrounding hills. While lacking the lovely gardens of Kyoto's great temples, Horin-ji has an interesting collections of buildings and great views for...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Leonard G
Reviewed April 22, 2016

On a hill above Arashiyama’s famous Togetsukyō bridge sits Hōrinji. It has a viewing platform for taking in Arashiyama and a tahōtō pagoda. Hōrinji is also a jūsan-mairi temple, and I saw several families bringing their children for coming-of-age rituals. The boys wore western suits...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed October 25, 2015

The Horin-ji Temple is on a hill near the south end of the Togetsu-kyo Bridge in the Arashiyama region. Since it is not a well-known temple, especially amongst non-Japanese people, there are very few people who visit here. But it gives you a good view...More

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed June 21, 2015

Yet again I'm saying this about Kyoto's sights: beautiful views, hardly any people, great atmosphere!

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Tillislaw
Reviewed May 13, 2015

It's a hike up, but it's worth it for the sweeping view of Kyoto. Bring a camera or a pair of binoculars. The temple itself is in rough shape, but that only adds to the character.

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Zach S
Reviewed May 11, 2014

Located in the mountains, slightly removed from Arashiyama's main tourist drag, Horin-ji is very quiet, peaceful even, and totally worth the walk down the road from Togetsukyo bridge. Tucked away in the forest and up a set of stairs, it also offers some wonderful vistas...More

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank skyisblu
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