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Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto

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Religious Site
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. Put Sanzen-in Temple into our Kyoto vacation generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The temple is off the beaten path but well worth the trip. It's a beautiful place to take pictures and relax The gardens are stunning. The temple was dedicated to one of Japan's emperors.  more »
  • Sanzenin-in temple is not only a must-visit of Ohara, but also one of highlights in Kyoto. The main attraction is its garden with moss. It takes about one hour to visit. But if you have time, you had ...  more »
  • Also in Ohara together with Sanzen In temple. Need to visit this. U can do Ohara in a morning or Afternoon. Great trip!  more »