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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

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Address: 69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Grand Halls, beautiful garden

We went to Shoren-in at the end of a day of walking round Kyoto. Well worth a visit to enjoy both the temple and its surrounding garden. Unlike some of the more popular temples it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Simon W
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Totnes, United Kingdom
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Totnes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to Shoren-in at the end of a day of walking round Kyoto. Well worth a visit to enjoy both the temple and its surrounding garden. Unlike some of the more popular temples it isn't overrun with people.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to the Shoren-in Temple which is close to our hotel. So quiet, peaceful with no crowd. The garden is not huge, but beautiful with a pond in the middle, 2 bridges that you can walk on. Took many nice photos. We went in July, image it will be even more stunning during the spring with flowers and autumn with... More 

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Patras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Please do not dot he mistake and pass by this temple without entering. The most beautiful temple inside i saw, with a view to the gardens. Amazing landscape. The temple has multiple room with open doors and looks like they are mirrors at the same time.

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Thank fwtkar
New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kyoto is a magical city and this is a magical temple. The gardens are just taken out from a tale. You just need to seat at look around. You need to get lost in the magical of the green of the garden. For me, one of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto.

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Thank Diana L
Bucks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple has a wonderful garden, one of the best we have seen in Japan. It is probably best to visit outside of the hot summer months though as we felt the need to rush a bit to get out of the heat. I imagine it would be a good place to go in colder months.

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Thank Jan4462
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited this temple to watch nightly illumination. The main garden was floodlit blue and created a fantastic space. Although the temple is not far from downtown Kyoto, you can feel as if you were in a mountain. Not only gardens, but their buildings are also worthy to take a look. This temple is located between Heian... More 

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Thank Kimitaka S
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A simple temple with gardens and a peaceful atmosphere. Very few tourists, so it's a great place to find some stillness.

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Shoreham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although the weather was terrible we thoroughly enjoyed our visit - such a beautiful place - so calm with beautiful gardens

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is at the top of a hill. Have the taxi take you all the way to the top, or it's a long uphill walk. The temple itself is very simple and more dojo like. But it has a small but lovely garden and zen garden worth visiting. The view from the lookout platform is breathtaking. You can see... More 

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This temple and its surrounding gardens are beautiful and so very peaceful. A must see if you are in this area of Kyoto. Once you leave the Japanese gardens you come straight out into the bamboo grove which is breathtaking.

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