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Hosenin, Kyoto

(4.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Calm in mind with green tea and sweets, and moved to the landscape of the picture really spent. Where blood ceiling was once the visit is chief priest is using me, actually fell, suffering remain clearly died after writhing floor tore place the ceiling and imagine to death while leaving the really regrettable, seemed near tears. In the beauty of the place sad past.
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  • Come here and I had a floor at Fushimi Castle is used as a blood ceiling. I thought again what you want to see. Staff here is Matcha and sweets are included in the admission fee. She told us, bring us tea and blood ceiling is now confirming the ceiling in front of the garden is. You thought you know, that's the person suddenly become doredadoreda wind. As many people have gone to enjoy your garden. Anyway in the middle of the garden and with planted pine for 700 years, is very respectable.
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  • Other 掻ki立tenai interested in Lin and the set, buy a ticket I went. You are looking for is the hosen snow where gardens. Your makeup in place and Temple are visited in other seasons because... sonoyatoishu and prices including green tea, usually, so no big deal I had and was very good. It will still usually not views or or in snow or light foliage color remove... plus Alpha is seen in its own way. I took some initiative rapidly around their home had a snow day so early in the morning, I visited the round-trip bus fare with considerably high cost.
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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 think here is better than SanJenIn, not crowded, and very calm, relaxed. Here also gives you a cookie and tea...
  • I had great time here. Ticket is including matcha and mochi. Hosenin would makes you relax and comfortable.