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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 visit to Myoshinji Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto trip planning app .
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  •  Special opening of private cultural winter in Kyoto journey planning become 52 times this year, Myoshin-ji Temple Tokai Hermitage of Mikado 2 place (¥ 600 each) in. Mikado's Tower is usually is only once, 6/18, so this special release is a rare opportunity. Guanyin bodhisattva statue in the middle 16 arhats are placed, and the dragon on the ceiling, midst of richly colored with its original charm.  Guide and why next faces 11th Rakan (like sons of the Buddha), easier to understand, to explain. Three individually, the Tokai Hermitage Garden's attractions.
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  • To immediately head in the car that remains is poster of "hoarding House' was affixed to the elevator in the hotel accommodation. Thought the famous cherry tree is cut down the Festival it was so crowded. Cherry is spectacular as you may imagine, struggled out of the spot. I think it is crowded in in full bloom wants to revisit. If you prefer nokyo-sho book treasure gourd Ayu figure gracing the cover.
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  • We go up to those special publish. Vivid color of 400 years ago, is surprising. I hope that will remain, and many hundreds of years. In the description of the waiting crowds have special public and the explanation is participating in the tour, so I prefer.
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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.
  • Great temple complex, go there early as to avoid the crowds!
  • 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.

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