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“Go for the light up”

Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)
Ranked #17 of 1,235 things to do in Kyoto
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

The light up here is very famous and definately recommended.
Its not run all year round so check before you go!

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Reviewed January 20, 2012

My wife and I spent 3 days wandering around Higashiyama, and this was probably the highlight. We went when it was lit up at night and then returned the next day for a very different daytime experience.
The 800 year-old kusunoki (camphor tress) are a sight to behold (especially the one at the entrance) and the garden is one of the most beautiful I have seen in my 20 years living in Japan.
Also, because it is not so famous (I don't know why!), you don't have to deal with the line ups and crowds and can really enjoy the peacefulness, sound (there is a waterfall), and beauty of the garden..
Highly recommended

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Reviewed June 17, 2009

For me, this temple is the best in Kyoto. On the day here was so quite and not busy even Kiyomizu temple was limited to enter (Where we gave up to enter at the gate). View from a room, it is so amaging and I think there is very special atmosphire for meditation. Trees, flowers and moss in the small garden are all alive and I felt they had meaning to be there for telling us somthing about Zen spilit.
This is not big nor tourist sight on guide book but I highly recommend you to visit and you can see what a temple should be. It is not famous but it has many history and important for Kyoto and Imperial family. be there on tatami mat and listen What you can feel, see and think. I don't care if I have enough time to see all that I want to see but I can't skip this temple everytime I visit to Kyoto.

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