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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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  • With bus no. 17 you can go directly from Kyoto Station to Ohara, which is very easy and fast. The surroundings of the temple are equipped with shops and restaurants and you can enjoy it properly. The temple and its complex is very large and well maintained. It's worth a little time to bring and stay here a little bit, it's just very nice here. If you choose the right season there are flowers (from mid-June) or then in autumn the golden leaves of the trees. A rewarding excursion
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  • An interesting temple, perhaps less well known but no less worthy of attention. It has remained almost intact over the years.
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  • I took the train bus and finally arrived. I wondered if hydrangea was beautiful, but it was still a long way from it. There are few kinds, and it is such a thing? I thought. I went out so far, i couldn't expect it. Do i need another week until i see it? The bus was also crowded and standing. Go out in comfortable clothes.
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  • Absolutely beautiful, quiet temple, especially in fall—I also went during winter, and it was still beautiful but not quite as stunning.
  • Absolutely beautiful. The atmosphere here feels so peaceful. Momiji is gorgeous too. Honestly this place is so much nicer than a lot of crowded places in the city.
  • The beauty of this temple is when you walk around its garden, you can see different views at different angles. Pine trees and moss, the greens and the changing colors of autumn leaves.
  • The facility here is not friendly to people with disability or with kids. The ticket is 700 yen however very obviously they dont use the money to properly maintain their facility. There is a wheelchair road however we were asked to park our stroller outside and take off our shoes. Then we had to climb the hills with a lot of bags and baby in arm. Very bad experience.
  • A very nice trip in the surrounding mountain of Kyoto. Beautiful paths to walk around and the gardens are superb.
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