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Sanzen-in Temple

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540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1242, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting this temple is one of my wish during Kyoto stay. Must go there if you only have a few days trip in Kyoto. Takes taxi ride 30 minutes from north part of kyoto city cost about less than 4,000JPY. Bus is also available. Stamps...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 10, 2019

Late autumn time being there. A beautiful and peaceful place to stay. Can enjoy nice red maple leaves and silence atmosphere. Suggest to arrange at least 3 hours and wear comfortable shoes to take a walk within it. The view up to the hill is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank simonliao7617
Reviewed April 24, 2019

Ohara is a bit of a bus ride out from Kyoto but well worth the effort. From the bus stop just follow the crowds to the Sanzenin.. It is one of the picture postcard sights of Japan however, the extortionately expensive entrance fee does not...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed April 14, 2019

Beautiful zen garden. We came late, just one hour before closing so did not have as much time as we wanted but the good side is that there were just few pepople left so we could at least make nice pictures.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank DenisaVee
Reviewed March 30, 2019

What a romantic place! It was a pleasure to spend a few hours there. We took a tour of the temples and it made a huge impression on us. Great location! You can not forget about the gardens! We highly recommend everyone to go there...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 28, 2019 via mobile

It took us about 1 hour or so to get there from Gion area (bus 17). The regular day pass (¥600) doesn’t cover this route, so you need to pay extra fees. The temple is so peaceful and the gardens are gorgeous. Not many tourists,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank moz577
Reviewed March 19, 2019

I send everyone I know to Sanzen-in and have gone many times. The ride up the mountain is gorgeous and the walk up to the temple equally marvelous. The temple itself, sheathed in moss and magic should not be missed. This is a spot worth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hiart
Reviewed November 11, 2018

I am so happy I took the bus ride to Ohara, it turned out to be a very pleasant destination, of the few Temples there this is a must to see. It is almost virtually at the end of road.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Warner L
Reviewed November 8, 2018

This temple is not to be missed, even though it's a bit outside of Kyoto proper. I've been several times and it's always inspiring and magical. The gardens are unforgettable. Ohara is a delight and a unique countryside experience.

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Dianne V
Reviewed November 3, 2018

This is the place, where you just want to lay down on the ground, look at the vegetation around, then the sky, then the ever present insane Crows .... and then! Close your eyes and never wake up. It is that good.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from tadzy | Reviewed this property |
There are taxis in the area because of tourists. It may be a case of luck as to whether there is one around when you arrive at the bus stop. It is a quiet area. I think the cabs tend to be dropping off and picking up closer... More
November 5, 2016|
Response from 1amtraveller | Reviewed this property |
Opening hours are 8:30-5pm from March to Dec 7, 9am-4:30pm from Dec 8 to end/Feb.