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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 »
  • Myoshin-ji Temple is the head temple of the Rinzai Myoshinji Temple sect. Get off at Myoshin-ji Mae Bus stop Myoshin-ji Temple precincts in North, walked back to Myoshin-ji Temple North Gate bus stop. It is a vast straight away but about 600 m. Many stupas are lined around the Central Temple main hall and Buddha Hall. Attractions are the cloud Dragon figure of Kano tan'yu painted on the ceiling of the main hall. Big dragon is impressive. In addition, bathroom beautiful and associated with Akechi Mitsuhide, paid the admission fee, visitors listened to the explanation of the guide of the temple.
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  •  Myoshin-ji Temple and some Tachu was published in winter tourism campaign carried the leg. Free's visit to a shrine of Myoshin-ji Temple sermon Hall, bathroom (bath Akechi) to tour the fee for. 2 places visitors in the style guide, generally departing every 20 minutes. Cloud Dragon figure here is not to be missed. Penned by Kano tan'yu's, said the so-called "八方nirami". I'm prejudiced, seen from anywhere.  "Illusion" of further rising Dragon, Dragon down and look different depending on the location, there is fun. Site is really vast, singing the biggest Zen Temple in Japan. Gate, Hall, main hall and building a huge hit there. Caught in the illusion that through the maze-that include the tacchu.
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  • 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.
  • Peaceful place.