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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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  • September 6, 2017
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  • July 27, 2017
    I'm a small, quiet lake where pausing time rowing seemed to Ho Sen from Kyoto station, which is an hour or so, or even a clear way to go in the La thoughts was true with
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  • July 19, 2017
    Go Ohara June tourist season off people very less time and to real Ohara out is fun to go by bus (580 yen) from Kyoto train station we meet! Look at this bus route map townscape in Kyoto, from I would regret not using the underground is absolutely wrong to go through and then from fact, Sanjo-Keihan station anymore without building on the ground and bounces around the Lake Biwa Canal, fresh bath the stream bed of the Kamo Kamo River parking lot watching the scenery from the left to head north, shops, old bus rattled the road jumps up while Ohara towards no from here et is to slip in the countryside from the city go up from demachiyanagi garden bridge, Kyosho keifuku electric railroad train under the River towards yase. Yase goes to Mt. Hiei Enryakuji Temple, is the cable car station is fairly shaded stream, cold pool with natural river water here in the old days it was really beautiful in the water! Is careful not to this mountain village followed by a mountainous road after yase Ohara and don't at the entrance of the village, DOI Shiba pickle honpo shops left was at first left hand too much real shop of pickled Eggplant and Red shiso leaves and salt pickles Shiba, cross the small bridge at this! and turn right to see so come on the bus go up the slope and is arriving in Ohara village say the village so small there is! Rice's rice paddies and fields, settlements gradually and views such as painted in the picture I.
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  • March 13, 2017
    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.
  • February 4, 2017
    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.
  • November 8, 2016
    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
  • October 10, 2016
    I had great time here. Ticket is including matcha and mochi. Hosenin would makes you relax and comfortable.
  • November 30, 2016
    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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