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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
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Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 15, 2019

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.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank angmohgao
Reviewed June 8, 2019

Once again, depending on where you start your Higashiyama trek, you will probably visit this one. It's a pleasant enough place with a small stone garden, the main thing being the moss garden which was in pretty poor condition when I was there. However, worth...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed June 1, 2019

We were there by night and the temple was illuminated. It looked like a place from a tail, both the temple and the garden. We came back during the day to see it again and we were not disappointed - beautiful screens and even more...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Hristina55
Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

We had a really peaceful and quiet visit. There were not many people when we first arrived which made the experience exceptional. There are many beautiful paintings and the gardens are lovely. There is also a bamboo forest. Would recommend.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Traveling5000
Reviewed May 26, 2019

This temple is worth a short stop. It's a little sanctuary with a landscape garden. Stop here on your way to the Chion-In temple;

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank NoeB1
Reviewed May 15, 2019 via mobile

With so many temples and shrines to visit it can be a little confusing and overwhelming knowing which ones to fit into your schedule. Unlike some of the other temples in Kyoto this was a quieter spot. We felt comfortable taking 20 minutes to sit...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Chief_Scone_Baker
Reviewed May 12, 2019

This temple has a large ancient painting of the blue cetaka (a blue guardian deity of the Shoren-in temple). The painting is a National Treasure. It’s in the Dainichido building, which is a relatively new building on the temple grounds. The painting is well lit,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Ms_Yokohama2014
Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

This temple has a relaxing vibe as you walk through the construction as well as the gardens. A beautiful pond surrounded by amazing trees and flowers will leave you with a relaxed feeling.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank MTorre
Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

This is one of my favorite temples in Kyoto. It is a hidden gem not typically on the tourist well beaten path. It is known as the emperors temple, and I have seen him here on a visit. There are five camphor Trees on this...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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May 2, 2018|
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Response from laurelee36 | Reviewed this property |
Ditto...1 to 2 hours
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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.