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Hosenin, Kyoto

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For lovers of intricately designed gardens, Hosenin, a Buddhist temple backed by scenic mountains, provides a real treat. Enjoy a view of the frame garden while a monk prepares a complimentary cup of tea and a cake for you. Take a close-up view of a 700-year-old pine tree and admire a pond garden from several perspectives. You can stroll through a moss garden, a rock garden, and a bamboo grove, all the while looking out over the valley. Built in 1012 CE, this small, intimate temple is one of the five “bloody temples,” so named thanks to the bloodstained tiles on its ceiling. Wear warm clothing, especially socks, as you'll have to remove your shoes to enter. With our international travel planner, Kyoto attractions like Hosenin can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Kyakuden pillars and space looked to, to watch machines hwan Park, commonly known as frame garden Temple is famous. Accurately Matcha tea and sweet to visit here and some are even sitting on a scarlet velvet, frame garden views while serving. Guests can enjoy a stroll through the modern "treasure paradise" was completed in 0/2005. Of course leaves were at their best.
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  • In the night garden is exceptional! No voice with fantastic views. View limited time is somewhat disappointing, but want to see once in a lifetime!
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  • As the first car ride early in the morning and arrive in the quiet atmosphere of the tea O'Hara over Ho Sen have too, which is good. In particular, I listened to the sound of water from the garden before the quiet time is not enough to forget the indescribable with words.
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  • An excellent garden/temple like what others have said below, PLUS a lesser-known gruesome past. Don't forget to checkout the ceiling's wooden planks when you are in the hall. Details of its tragic yet honorable past are entailed in the brochure and in a calligraphy frame (in Japanese) hang at the center of the temple hall. Its history will surely give you an unusual feeling on how you experience the seemingly serene ambiance.
  • Small temple but has fantastic garden. There is one side with a 700 year old pine tree and the other side is a magical garden. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Beautiful temple and very peaceful. The admission price includes a bowl of perfectly whisked matcha with sweets which you enjoy while sitting facing the 700 year old tree
  • I had great time here. Ticket is including matcha and mochi. Hosenin would makes you relax and comfortable.
  • I think here is better than SanJenIn, not crowded, and very calm, relaxed. Here also gives you a cookie and tea...

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