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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
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Serene atmosphere

This was our first temple in Kyoto and completely amazing. The temple is less crowded than the rest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Esther G
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Barcelona, Spain
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Charming beautiful and serene space

We almost didn’t visit at the sight of the unassuming ticket entrance... the visit start with a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RNBKK
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Bangkok, Thailand
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69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first temple in Kyoto and completely amazing. The temple is less crowded than the rest in the area and is completely worth the visit. The garden is peaceful and quiet, the greens are beautiful with their reflexion in the pond.

Thank Esther G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We almost didn’t visit at the sight of the unassuming ticket entrance... the visit start with a rather ordinary suites of small rooms with your shoes in plastic bag, it’s very cosy. Then, once you step out and put your shoes again out for the...More

Thank RNBKK
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kyoto has so many shrines and temples, along with gardens. See as many of them as you can as they bring you a sense of time immortal and bliss.

Thank 422sallyu
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there on a rainy Wednesday morning based on the recommendation from a freiend that this is a place that is overlooked by tourists. And he was right. There were very few tourists in what I consider one of he prettiest Japanese gardens in...More

Thank jk1974
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

perhaps not the most spectacular garden in Kyoto, but I went on opening (09.30) and there were herons and cranes in abundance, which made it just that little bit special.

Thank mfbguy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I happened to catch this temple on the way to HIGASHIYAMA subway sta. after visiting Kiyomizu temple, Yasaka shrine and Chionin temple in Kyoto city today. Tourist were relatively few. There was any sound. But I did feel silence. I experienced sound of silence.

Thank TAKAFUMI O
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

I visited this temple at night during a special light up event in early April 2018. The temple was open late with lighting displays throughout the complex. While this temple doesn't seem to be as crowded as some of the others around Kyoto, it was...More

Thank mme8771
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

This is a lovely contemplative temple, with ancient trees, bamboo forest & peaceful ponds. Over Golden Week, they put on special illuminations that create a delightful atmosphere. I’d go back anyway.

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Reviewed May 3, 2018

One of the temple gardens along the philosophers walk, not as crowded as some of the others in area and quite peaceful.

Thank LMCM111
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Great to walk around, good impressive gardens too, not as busy as some others, which is a plus, very peaceful.

Thank Jamie P
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Vica A
May 2, 2018|
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Response from laurelee36 | Reviewed this property |
Ditto...1 to 2 hours
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Maxwell S
December 12, 2016|
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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.
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