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Myoshinji Temple, Kyoto

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A nationally designated Historic Site, as well as a Place of Scenic Beauty, Myoshinji Temple is sure to leave every visitor speachless with its beauty and rich history. A previous emperor’s palace, it was turned into a temple after he bacame a monk in the 14th century. During wars in the next centuries, this complex was mostly destroyed, only to be later rebuilt in the 16th century. Don't miss the bell, notable for being the oldest known example of a Buddhist temple bell, and remarkably still in use. When you enter the temple, pay attention to the ceiling and its colossal dragon, painted in such a way that it seems it’s watching and moving along with you. Plan your Myoshinji Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kyoto using our Kyoto tourist route planner.
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  • On the cobblestones of the precinct was sightseeing on a motorized bicycle. I think very, very wide temples so just the right bike. Akechi bath at the entrance to the mortuary and lined up, and guide people to ask "for holding a service of the Akechi clan..." that was that. Next time you want to see the--Roh Kura inside.
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  • A temple that houses many small temples in it. It is a good autumn colours temple where you can avoid crowds. Close to jr hanomon station, it is convenient as well. Do note that some of the temples (s...  more »
  • Fall foliage season and was just very pleasant, could visit. Pay the admission fee to your garden hearing of Wabi and Sabi, was impressed.
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  • Myōshin-ji is a temple complex in Kyoto, Japan, and head temple of the associated branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. The Myōshin-ji school is by far the largest school in Rinzai Zen, approximately as big as the other thirteen branches combined. It is a specific ritual of Myoshinji in Obon season to send out spirits of deceased by lighting up the place in Hanatoro style. In the main hall there will be a group of monks get all together along with some female traditional choir to chant a sutra of Obon. You will also see some festival stalls lining up in the precinct.
  • Huge temple complex... During my visit, there was the possibility to visit the upper storey of the "big hall" (close to the Taizo temple, in the direction of the JR station). If you are there, during visiting sessions (current one ends at 22 May 2016), go there by all means. Spectacular statues and beautiful ceiling paintings abound.
  • Peaceful place.
  • Big temple complex with many sights to see.
  • The gardens are stunning