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We opted to miss the crowds at Kinkakuji and Ryoanji, and instead go to this little known but... read more

Reviewed December 10, 2018
Myoshinji Temple

Myoshinji is actually a complex of many temples in an area that is surrounded by a wall. there are... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Kyoto, Japan
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64 Hanazono Myoshijicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

We opted to miss the crowds at Kinkakuji and Ryoanji, and instead go to this little known but amazing complex of temples. It was a bit of a pain to get to, but well worth the effort. Entrance to the entire complex is free, so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Myoshinji is actually a complex of many temples in an area that is surrounded by a wall. there are private temples, some are open to the public. it is always a pleasant walk amongst the temples.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

My home away from home as Myoshinji has two "temple stay" options where you can spend the night, and even at kind of hotel next door operated by the temple. Taizo-in, a sub temple here, has "Zen Experience" as well as one of the nicest...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank John L
Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

Not highlighted in the reviews... It is a full complex of temples, huge!. There are meditation sessions and classes, couldn't get any info because I was going through on my way to ryoanji (couldn't enter bc was late already). It is a such a peaceful...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

I was actually not planning on going here, but since I ended up here by walking the wrong way it was okay. The temple is in the heart of a big complex and seems completly seperated from the rest of the city. Monks can be...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank j0hanness_lsenn
Reviewed December 2, 2016

A temple that houses many small temples in it. It is a good autumn colours temple where you can avoid crowds. Close to jr hanomon station, it is convenient as well. Do note that some of the temples (smaller) require a payment. Do decide which...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Myoshinji is a huge complex of Zen temple, and in its premises there are many affiliated small temples. There are many paths, which are crossing its premises and are used by local people as shortcut. So, it seems like a small town. Some small temples...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank kimitakas
Reviewed July 12, 2016

We walked around the huge temple complex for some time, but were actually disappointed as we wanted to try the zen meditation in the shunko temple and missed the few available slots (do check their website before the visit and come at the appropriate time...More

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank BananaLu
Reviewed November 10, 2015

We found the temple interesting but missed out so much on the detail as we couldnt get a English guide to the place. Nice to visit but we felt we missed out on so much

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank swift314
Reviewed September 10, 2015

Myoshinji isn't one temple but a temple complex founded in the 9th century. Its tranquil to walk around and look at the various buildings. The only guided tour is in Japanese but there are signs in some places explaining what's what. Its 500yen to get...More

Date of experience: December 2014
3  Thank thunderman9
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Dividing up Kansai time between Kyoto and Koyasan (1 Replies)
Hi, we're headed for our second trip to Japan soon and are having a hard time deciding between spending two nights each in Kyoto and Koyasan, or spending 3 nights in Kyoto and 1 in Koyasan. (We've been to Kyoto before, for 2 nights but only got to do the Hanazono/Myoshinji temple complex plus Fushimi Inari and Kinkakuji -- not Gion or Southern Higashiyama or even downtown Kyoto beyond the train station.) We've read several places that 1 night in Koyasan tends to be enough, but we really...More
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You may spend 2 nights in Koyasan. Kyoto is still hot and humid.