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Address: 540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1242, Kyoto Prefecture
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My favourite temple in all of Japan - a peaceful spot to contemplate

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cornelia W
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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 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank Cherry L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

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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 

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Thank 687sally
Penang Island, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Sau Seng C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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