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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

765 Reviews
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Eric_Greeney wrote a review Aug 2020
Finland872 contributions220 helpful votes
Shoren-in has a stroll garden you can also view from the temple veranda. One side of the garden has a pond with islands and a miniature stone pagoda in the background, while other only has a moss-covered field and ancient, huge trees. A special feature of the temple is the colourful curtains veiling one of the halls. Competition between temples is hard in Kyoto, to be honest I could probably pass this one.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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HappySundays wrote a review Dec 2019
Narrabeen, Australia121 contributions34 helpful votes
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I first visited Shoren-in about 30 years ago. Fortunately it is off the tourist trail and sees few visitors. Sitting on the vast tatami matted room looking out over the garden is one of my favourite things in the whole world. Impossible to define. Some of the camphor trees at Shoren-in are 800 years old. A must to see.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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William S wrote a review Oct 2019
Kobe, Japan1,013 contributions238 helpful votes
Shoren-in is a beautiful, peaceful and restful temple that is not so much on the tourist trail. Perhaps the abundance of temples in the area leaves fewer to visit here. But it is worth the trip for the gardens alone. Gorgeous views and beautiful buildings.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Jérémy D wrote a review Aug 2019
12 contributions6 helpful votes
After getting our long way there, we were told by this totally unfriendly guy, sitting next to the tripadvisor excellence logo, that we cannot enter wearing kimono. Which is what almost 50% of Kyoto tourists are wearing, and that wasn’t a problem in the other 15+ other temples that we visited. Actually the talk was “no kimono” and when asked why, the guy closed his counter and went behind. These guys really know how to welcome tourists. NOT RECOMMENDED and do many other places to see. Go give your 1000 yen to someone else.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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angmohgao wrote a review Jul 2019
United States379 contributions350 helpful votes
For some reason the tour groups skip this place. It's the former home of the emperor. Really important and beautiful place. Take time to relax and enjoy it.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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