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“Quiet in Kyoto”
Review of Myoshinji Temple

Myoshinji Temple
Ranked #73 of 1,113 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Quiet in Kyoto”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Large grounds with many gardens (unfortunately, each one seems to have an additional entrance fee). If you are a painter or admire brushwork, go to the main building and buy a ticket for a tour (in Japanese) that is the only way to get inside to see a 36-foot diameter dragon painting on the ceiling. It's worth it! There are no tours fron 11:30 am - 2:10 pm or some such odd time, so try to get there in the morning. It's a 20-minute walk from Ryoanji.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Margot B
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“A great piece of architecture”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

I loved strolling around this palace. So many great things to see and the grounds are huge. Same with the statues. Some people have the notion of when you go to one temple you've gone to them all. Not at all when it comes to this one. It is uncomparable to the others. Kyoto has 100's upon 100's of temples. Enjoy each and every one. I traveled with a tour group, so most of the fees were taken care of. However, if you travel on your own, get to the site early, also if you are traveling with kids, it is accessible for them and wheelchairs.

Visited July 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Nice uncrowded temple”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a large compound and you can spend some time viewing most of the buildings and grounds outdoors, but if they have the tour available (even if it's in Japanese) be sure to go inside the Hatto, which houses the national treasure bell from the year 698 that they will play (even though it's a recording, it's interesting). And look at the ceiling for the dragon painting that is said to follow you even when you move around the room. Amazing simple architecture for a building that was built in 1656.

The real showplace of the grounds though is the subtemple grounds at Taizo-In. These are the most beautiful gardens we saw during our stay in Japan, and you might miss them if you don't look for the entrance. Go feed the koi fish and enjoy the serenity.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago Illinois
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“This huge complex features Taizo-in”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Well located, near Myoshin, Ryoan, Kinkaku. Huge with many areas not of great tourist interest. But head for the inner temple garden of Taizo-in. Upon entering the Taizo area, notice the two triangular gravel gardens, one chocolate in color and quite unique. Then continue to the "Dragon-back Falls", so beautiful. And for a deeper learning experience look for the painting of "How to catch a catfish with a gourd."

Visited November 2012
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“A good way to enjoy japanese garden by a rainy day.”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

I concur with other positive reviews.
Very pleasant, in its own way. Contrasting with the Golden Temple, you can stroll at your own pace, and stay as long as you like. No big crowd, for a change. The space is large, and it is possible to sit down to relax. As others mention, a complex of 40 – 50 temples, most with their own small gardens. It is the headquarter of a major Buddhist monk’s school. There is an historic sense to the place. The main buildings are imposing, and lead the visitor to dream of the Japan on many centuries ago.
I had a very pleasant time there today.
Found two very handsome inner gardens, belonging to sub-temples. Found good spots to sit back and admire a staple of japanese aesthetics. They were very artful Japanese gardens under the rain, a dream come true.
Obviously, I mean my sitting spots were shielded from the rain.
The Buddhist monks are meticulously taking care of those gardens.
The space, overall, is huge. Buildings are of varying interest, but there are some gems. The attentive visitor will be rewarded. Pay attention to detail: beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Visited March 2013
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