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Shōden-ji Temple, Kyoto

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  • Shoden-ji is a small temple outside of Kyoto. You should stop by if you go to Sanzen-in temple. The main attraction is a Zen rock garden which has a view of the mountains in the distance. Worth a visi...  more »
  • Little remote from Kyoto’s major sightseeing spot. It locates middle of Golf course, behind of residential area. Need cab if you would like to reach here. It is hard to get close by bus. Popular garde...  more »
  • Shoden-ji is off the beaten track, about 45 minutes from central Kyoto. If you enjoy a simple dry garden with fantastic borrowed scenery (a view of Mt Hiei), delicately beautiful and fantastically pre...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
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  • Lovely place. Not much to do though.
  • Garden of the Moon is a famous Buddhist temples. The Mt. Hiei, with views over the White Sands and Satsuki garden. And calculate the height of the wall, great views. So not so much tourists is a mountain on the outskirts of the quiet Zen experience.
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