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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. Plan your Hosenin visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kyoto using our Kyoto tour planner.
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  • It worth to see travel hours. Especially lighting up show season. May be small size of temple, only graden with rotten woods, but you see infinity here, like watching outer space from window of spaces...  more »
  • Hosenin is right next to the Sanzen-in temple. It has 2 beautiful garden scene. One is an amazing 700 year old pine tree which is the oldest tree in Kyoto. The other is a beautiful graden scene that l...  more »
  • Didn't have high hopes or lots more "temple energy" left when we arrived here but the temple is definitely worth a visit! The garden is simply peaceful and majestic. Really nice. The temple is nice bu...  more »
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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...