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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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nice place to relax

i am coming here if i feel sad, the beautiful surrounding nature makes me feel much better and relax.i am still keep coming from time to time.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i am coming here if i feel sad, the beautiful surrounding nature makes me feel much better and relax.i am still keep coming from time to time.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

I went in Winter and vowed I would return to see the Autumn foliage and it didn't disappoint. It's a little bit further out so you can enjoy the gardens without the throngs of tourists and their selfie sticks.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

Sanzen-in temple is located at Ohara area, which is about an hour bus ride from Kyoto city. Do take note that there are two no.17 bus services from the Kyoto Station bus stop. Make sure you take the correct one. The way leading to the temple was beautiful. We spent quite some time enjoying the surroundings before visiting the temple.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

Compared to some of the other tourist hot spots in Kyoto, I've found Sanzen-in temple in Ohara much more relaxing and enjoyable. People are just taking their time strolling along the tree-lined paths leading to various sights accompanied by the beautiful autumn colors. Shops selling produce very topical of the Ohara area. No loud noise made by the crowd, only... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

The temple is so famous that a lot of shops and restaurants are on the way to the temple from the bus stop. The garden was beautiful with red leaves. The treasure museum was near the exit of the temple. I was impressed of replication of wall painting.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

You need some effort to visit Sanzen-in Temple as is around 1 hour away from the city of Kyoto. The garden is full of green and I feel so peaceful when I was walking around….I was kidding with my friends whenever you are pissed off, you should come over here then very quickly you will be cooled down and feel... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

This temple is famous for its autumn foliage, hydrangea garden and its buddha's images. The temple's garden Yusei-en is stunning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

The leaves were beautiful fall Colours and it wasn't too packed even though we went on a weekend! Really pretty temple , doesn't take more than 30 mins to see everything

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

Sanzen-in is located near Kyoto, about an hour and a 20 minutes walk away from the train station, in the mountains, nexto a small place called Ohara. It is a large temple complex, spread out through a big estate, stretching out through coniferous woods. The temple is staffed by monks. One can enter almost all buildings, except of course the... More 

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Thank Istvan Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

三千院には何度も来ていますが、どの季節も良い。ゆっくり静かに散策するのが一番です。 国道からの入り口がわかりにくく、車で行くには注意が必要です。知っていればかなり上まで車で行けます。お年寄りと一緒なら、よく調べて車で行くと良いでしょう。民間の駐車場は300〜500円です。門前に沢山のお土産屋さんや食べ物屋さんが有ります。ランチにも良い場所です。鯖寿司とお蕎麦のランチ、1600円位で美味しそうでした。 Good temple, always calm, will find something different at each time you visit. Have many shops and restaurants, good place to have lunch there.

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