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Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto

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  • You imagine some kind of beauties to admire, and instead you find yourself before a tiny perimeter of this structure adorned with the carefully raked gravel. We spent 800 yen 2 people, or €6.18 but it's certainly worth it. Kyoto has many things and most interesting temples of this.
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  • This was a great experience. Our tour guide was amazing and explained everything. The place itself was beautiful and was an unexpected highlight of our visit to Kyoto. Lovely place with lovely people-...  more »
  • This place truely encompasses the meaning of zen. Put your cameras away and prepare to focus in a different way and take it all in. Paid entry does limit the tourist numbers although some large groups...  more »
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  • Glorified gift shop. Upon entering, greeted by "no photos" sign, so if you want photos, too bad! Gave the clerk a round amount of money, she quickly handed us tickets and a guide (which I will get to), and then hurried away, never to be seen, nor my change again! (Pretty surprising for Japan) Had a quick look at the guide (a giant wooden board with notes attached) instead of giving information, pretty much just an advertisement for the guy that wrote it. I know more about him than the temple. Walking around the very boring, bleak temple, which was nothing compared to the much less expensive temples on the grounds, I was followed by staff the entire time, not to guide, but to obviously watch for cameras. The place was really busy compared to the other temples. Must be a tour guide hotspot as there were many groups. Most of the temple is taken up by a souvenir store to buy the generic templey souvenirs. It seems like this temple is solely interested in money, from being the most expensive temple I have been to yet (three times that of Kinkakuji), to the massive amount of prayer money boxes, to the gift shop, to the clerk thief. I strongly recommend against this place. A fellow tourist that asked for a photo earlier in another temple bumped into me again, they had already been there, they recommended against going, I went anyway. I wish I heeded their advise.
  • It's a nice place, but really only a ten minute trip. Grab the English guide and read about a few things as you walk around. It's not a big area. Decide for yourself!
  • The philosophy of the gardens are interesting. No pictures allowed.
  • A bit commercial but oldest. Mostly packed. Try oubai-in and ryogen-in if too busy
  • Nice enough Zen rock garden, but very small, no photography allowed, you also have to pack away or give to the attendant all cameras, phones, tablets, etc, and you are watched at every corner. Makes it a bit difficult to get into a peaceful relaxed mood to enjoy the garden. All this because someone actually sold a picture taken in the garden! Probably better to go somewhere with less restrictions.

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