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Myoshinji Temple, Kyoto

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#40 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
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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  • August 17, 2017
    Participated in the Sanctum and the bathroom also offers guided tours (adults 500 yen per person). To down dragons unryu figure painted on the ceiling of the main hall, or ascending Dragon, depending on the angle, sounded strange. Also, national treasure, is the oldest in the cast before the Nara period Japan, could be looking closely at the spot. Guide it in remarks clearly thought was involved.
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  • July 11, 2017
    Around while listening to the description of lost cultural assets, and Akechi bath. Beautiful dragon carved figure by the way coming down dragons and Dragon climbing in great. Also, Myoshin-ji Temple Bell and the pillar also tell us about hope. Akechi bath in bath, had become very reasonable and well made. Feel very clearly describing Kaufman's story.
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  • June 12, 2017
    Myoshinji is a large temple complex located in the northwestern part of Kyoto. The oldest buildings are from 1337. There is a very special tranquillity and atmosphere everywhere. It is great to walk around and see the impressive edifices. It is a must if you visit Kyoto.
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  • April 29, 2017
    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.
  • December 3, 2016
    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)
  • May 19, 2016
    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.
  • July 15, 2016
    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.
  • August 9, 2016
    Big temple complex with many sights to see.

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