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Address: 540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1242, Kyoto Prefecture
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Great Moss

So I have a theory about why there's such great moss here. The monks built this great temple up in the hills above Ohara, but discovered what with the damp and the rain... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So I have a theory about why there's such great moss here. The monks built this great temple up in the hills above Ohara, but discovered what with the damp and the rain, everything got all covered with moss. No matter what they did, it just kept growing. Then, one day, some clever monk said to the others, "Hey, this... More 

Thank hfulghum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my absolute favourite and I have managed to visit it 4 times. Sanzen-in is well off the beaten track, a good 50 minute bus ride away from central Kyoto up into the mountains. Many tourists and locals still find it worth their while to visit, but because of its isolation it doesn't suffer from throngs of camera wielding... More 

1 Thank Cornelia W
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a wonderful ancient temple ground offering the tranquility and peace for one to leave behind the mundane and hustle-bustle. There are simple yet very interesting artifacts, garden and buildings. The temple is in a village outside of the city, but easy to get to with several buses from different points of Kyoto, for less than an hour.

Thank Cherry L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Although this temple is a bit of a way from Central Kyoto, it is definitely worth the excursion. The whole place was empty and beautifully tranquil, with huge gardens which would be worth visiting in all seasons. Words cannot describe the beauty of this place, and I would definitely recommend.

Thank Guy D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Wow! My visit last week left me speechless. Everything was amazingly tranquil. The hydrangea garden was in full bloom and the moss garden had me feeling like I'd just stepped into a fairy tale. Of all the places I visited on my trip to Kyoto, this was my favourite and where I spent the most time. I will be back... More 

Thank 687sally
Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

This temple is located a bit outskirt of Kyoto city but well worth to visit. The entrance fee is 700 yen per person. Fascinated with the green moss along the walking path.

Thank Sau Seng C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

This is actually my 2nd visit and I was adequately impressed. The last time I had visited was in winter around 12-13 years ago. Sanzen-In in summer certainly offers different sights! From mid-June, that's when the hydrangeas bloom and it's breath-taking. While there are other places where hydrangeas can be viewed, but the gardeners of Sanzan-In do a good job,... More 

2 Thank Dandelion_muse
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

I have visited this temple complex previously in the autumn, the garden beautiful with magnificent shades of red. This time I had the pleasure of seeing it in the spring. Sakura was still visible in all of its splendour, including azaleas and rhododendrons. This temple and its neighbours are a "must-see" if you visit Kyoto. One temple has a 700... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We did this on our bike and it's right near a lot of beautiful shrines. There are some fantastic boutique shops along the way which were worth checking out and it was great to see some traditional houses. Totally worth it.

Thank Sonia W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

This is my favourite temple in Kyoto. It can be a long bus ride from central Kyoto but it's worth it. As soon as you get off the bus you'll notice the change in the air. Walking up the road to the temple you'll hear a gentle stream of water flowing nearby making you feel as if you're entering into... More 

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