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Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto

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Bask in the elegant halls of Sanzen-in Temple, a Tendai school temple of imperial lineage, founded in 804 CE. As you enter its front gate, pass the series of connected temple buildings until you reach the kyakuden, or guest hall. Observe the displayed works of Japanese calligraphy and paintings on sliding doors, and proceed towards the traditional garden with a small pond and a hill. In the shinden, or main hall, observe the three statues of Buddhist deities, as well as a view of the entire estate covered in maple and cedar trees. Stop on Ojo Gokuraku-in Hall, which holds a statue of Amida Buddha, the temple's most prized treasure. To visit Sanzen-in Temple and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto online holiday planner .
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  • Raining when we went , but still a beautiful place to visit . I basically went to see the tiny stone statues , but enjoyed the entire area . Walking around was pleasurable .  more »
  • In the famous song when I was a kid my mother singing, Ohara 3000 hospital barely decent. It is also the winter scenery. I would like to visit now and sutras.
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