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Sanzen-in Temple

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Address: 540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1242, Kyoto Prefecture
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A slice of heaven

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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 

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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.

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Really touching every step !! Garden is cozy .. I recommend in winter.. Summer is bed sticky .. 이제. 11월부터 3 월까지만 최고로 좋은 그 나머지 계절은 더워서 다니질 못하는 교토가 되버렸다. 지구온난화 가 무섭다 삼 사년 전까지만 하더라도. 6월 첫째주까지는 더위를 참을 만 했는데 이젠 4 우정에도 체감온도는 30 도 같은 느낌이다 ㅠㅠㅠ

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

This temple garden is a hidden gem. Be prepared to get lost in its mystical beauty, whether summer, fall, winter, spring, sunshine or rain.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Since this place is close to Kyoto, in comparison, there is not much point coming here when one can find many more worthwhile places to go to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

The temple (buildings) itself is very beautiful and iconic, with its wooden floor and open bays and porches overlooking the garden. The gardens are very nice, with nice pictures to be taken of the Jizo statues scattered in the mossy underbrush... a superb atmosphere. A very quaint former outside red door and flight of stairs (no longer in use) is... More 

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