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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. 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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  • After my first visit three years ago, I told myself this would be the place I had to return to if I ever was back in Kyoto. So this November I went again. Still love it. It's beautiful and tranquil. E...  more »
  • Peaceful ambience, suitable for people who like to see the ancient temples, but to keep the winter trees. Flowers may be how much.
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  • I'm forgetting everyday life watching your garden here and settle down. Go away and away from the Center, so twice a year. Look at the fields surrounded by mountain spring and fall, but Kyoto's best memories always has.
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