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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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  • 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 »
  • Compared to other tourist destinations O'Hara who was calm and healing the Fiie Ho Sen from being really quiet enough to hear your breath is so good. It's coming to the garden that one framed in. .. Somewhat expensive, but one sitting without a sense of looking at the garden entrance fee and, so I'm not sure I'd have more time. Winter is cold but expensive entrance fee's worth in La. Once you have some warm days are going to have to sit a bit longer and she said. Does something like green tea and green tea mochi one would get a lot of geoljjughago.
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  • I want to see snow, I visited. At first nearly 20 people each fun was enjoyed, but gradually decreases, finally, lucky decided to name a few. You feel like going clear mind and watching the snow garden, with warmer now.
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  • Famous for an old tree, but the mixed dry rock and plant garden also attached was far more interesting, and seems to be a rare type, as far as I can tell after a holiday of temples.
  • Picturesque landscape of old garden, served with green tea and Japanese dessert. Very unique experience. Although, ticket price is quite high.
  • really nice
  • At 9:00 pm doors open just in time for the visit. After a few minutes alone while father and poses for a picture on white specializes in: three Japanese uncle. Picture sound sound of flowing water trickling through the Languedoc bamboo upset listening quietly to the garden courtyards? small sand; it was phrased like running water, sand, weaker compared to the size of the adjacent mountain Zen cause-and-effect; much smaller was better. No one thought that I'll be gone an hour. A real natural treasure specified by the Kyoto pine.
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  • Frame garden green tea while overlooking that felt the sense of beauty of Kyoto. Guests can enjoy various pictures and ya splendor of pine and bamboo wind. Is coming to Ohara and not to go to the school of law spring. Suikinkutsu sounds nice.
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