Shōden-ji Temple, Kyoto

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  • August 30, 2017
    Sitting watching the garden while listening to the voice of the cicada, spent a relaxing time. Foreign tourists, in a quiet spot. It is recommended for people tired of the hustle and bustle of the foreign tourists in Kyoto. Of the raccoon dog is so cute.
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  • May 5, 2017
    West Kyoto Kamigamo mountain to the temple. Would Hiei to your garden, very good. And Kyoto crowded with tourists in the little person, off the beaten path attractions can be enjoyed slowly. 15 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop and of poor access.
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  • April 15, 2017
    It was amazing views of Mt. Hiei karesansui garden. It is one place where it is inconvenient to access was good to go. Was middle-aged woman foursome was expected because we had fewer tourists and good word of mouth, were raised without incessant small talk in a loud voice. More important factor is that only one person to stand at least 20 minutes then came back four, to admire the temple garden silence could be better realized.
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  • July 18, 2016
    The area in which Shodenji is located is called Nishigamo which is north/west of Kita-ku ( 20-30 min walk from either the Kamigamo Shrine to the east, or the Takagamine area to the west ).The nearest bus stop to Shodenji is Jinkoin-mae, one stop before the end of either line 9 or 37 to Nishigamo Shako. Shoden-ji is a temple of Rinzai sect of Budhism. The temple belongs to Nanzen-ji temple. It is located on the southern hillside of Funa-yama which is famous for Gozan Okuribi. The main attraction of the temple is its beautiful Karesansui garden completed in 1935 by a famous oldtime garden master Shigemori Mirei. We can see a clear view of Mt. Hiei in the its garden to the east as borrowed landscape. Its Karesansui garden offers one of the best Moon Viewing ( Tsukimi ) spots in Kyoto. The gentle moon light of early autumn reflects upon the white ground surface of Karesansui garden. There is no rocks in this garden. Instead of rocks you'll see nicely pruned azaleas on the white sand ground. It is called " A garden where lions are handed off " The ceiling of the main hall is called the "bloody ceiling" which is built with floorboards of Fushimi Momoyama Castle where old-time samurai warriors were killed in attempt to protect the castle in a battle and left their blood stains in 16th century. Those floorboards were preserved in commemoration of those brave samurai warriors. On the photo pasted up there shows a bloody stain of hand print and foot print of warriors fought in the past. By Trans-word+ : TGM Kyoto Guide
  • September 4, 2016
    Super! This temple is like 'Ryoanji' without the masses. Apparently, it's David Bowie's favorite spot in Kyoto. Bowie shot a commercial for a Japanese 'Sake' brewery here sometime in the eighties. The Story goes that when Bowie stepped in he was moved to tears.
  • May 16, 2017
    Beautiful
  • July 15, 2015
    Lovely place. Not much to do though.
  • July 13, 2017
    View all recommended. BOGO flower blooms are beautiful. You all leave is.
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