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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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  • I was actually not planning on going here, but since I ended up here by walking the wrong way it was okay. The temple is in the heart of a big complex and seems completly seperated from the rest of th...  more »
  • 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 »
  • Myoshinji is a huge complex of Zen temple, and in its premises there are many affiliated small temples. There are many paths, which are crossing its premises and are used by local people as shortcut. ...  more »
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  • Only one (lesser quality) garden (Taizo-in) open, no large buildings open at all. Less friendly people, big complex with little ambiance, also because lack of trees, and cars driving everywhere. Noise, also in the Taizo-in garden.
  • The monumental dragon painting is a sight to behold. That alone is worth the 500 yen tour fee (there is no English tour, but they do provide a cursory sheet of English explanations)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Big temple complex with many sights to see.