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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Lovely temple and garden

A lovely place to visit in Kyoto. Wasn’t overrun with tourists and nice and peaceful. Garden was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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Right on the tourist track, but no -visited YOU ARE MISSING OUT Big Time

My wife wanted to go to some of the Higashiyama temples Chion-in in particular(big but not... read more

Reviewed November 28, 2018
Ted C
La Mesa, California
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Shoren-in temple is one of the five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect in Kyoto; the head priests at these temples originally belonged to the imperial family. The atmosphere at the temple is solemn and peaceful, similar to the ambiance of the...more
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69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely place to visit in Kyoto. Wasn’t overrun with tourists and nice and peaceful. Garden was beautiful. Only 500 yen per adult to enter (free for children). Must see!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 28, 2018

My wife wanted to go to some of the Higashiyama temples Chion-in in particular(big but not beautiful) and thence to Yasaka Shrine (full of Chinese tourists)and the Gion (a mob scene best avoided. So we took the subway from our hotel to the Higashiyama Stop....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

No crowds at this temple. There is a beautiful pond in the garden of this temple and it is worth an hour of your time exploring. A good alternative if you want some peace away from the endless groups of tourist.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Johnstanno
Reviewed November 13, 2018

When we visited in the fall around 8am it was not as crowded as the other temples and we really got to enjoy the site. It had beautiful gardens and architecture. The brochures are unfortunately in japanese only

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank foodfinder12345
Reviewed October 20, 2018

I'm not sure why the title of this page says 'temple' because (from what I've read) Shoren-in was never a temple in the usual sense. It's more a villa for chief priests, etc. Consequently, it is vastly different from the massive or sprawling temples that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank F8714PN_Alex_W
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Loved sitting on tatami mats and enjoying the view of the garden. As with other temples in Japan, it's pricey as there's very little by way of education (no English signs) but it was a lovely setting and very quiet inside. Very few tourists.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank WorkToTravel123
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

This was far and away my favorite so far of all the wonderful temples and shrines Kyoto has to offer. Less crowded than many of the larger and more popular temples Shoren-in offers one of the best gardens in Kyoto and the peace in which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Trent R
Reviewed September 18, 2018

Located where the first Zen temple of Japan was held, this place is an area of peace and midfullness. Just go there to see then scenery and let go of everything. Went there in the afternoon with a lot of people, but everybody was quiet...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank jeanfran_oist800
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

This was within walking distance of our hotel so we left it to the next to last day of the trip. The temple was really a great treat; esthetic, balanced, serene and harmonious. I could have easily spent a half day here absorbing the wonderful...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank arthurjunior
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Go early to avoid the crowds..much different experience w not a huge crowd very peaceful and representative of kyotos gardens..not the bestie kyoto but far from the worst

Date of experience: July 2018
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May 2, 2018|
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Response from laurelee36 | Reviewed this property |
Ditto...1 to 2 hours
Maxwell S
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Response from hfot2 | Reviewed this property |
"Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (and 18:00 to 22:00 during spring and autumn evening illuminations)" according to their listing on Japan Guide Please mark it if this is helpful.