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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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  • Surrounded by numerous sub-temples, area is the sense of the temple. Precinct, lined with magnificent buildings, but most were important cultural assets in the country. Admission fee: 500 yen. Environment is approximately a one-hour tour.
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  • Candle Festival I went 26-West will take the Higashiyama station and get off at the side of the Myoshin-ji Temple North Gate. Myoshin-ji Temple precincts may want to even half the day seemed so wide a river.
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  • 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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  • 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