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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), Kyoto

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#22 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
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Take a break from urban life and explore Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), one of five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect, whose head priests once served the imperial family and high court aristocracy. Built in the 13th century, the temple brims with peace and solemnity, similar to the ambience of the Imperial Palace. In fact, it served as a temporary imperial palace after the Great Kyoto Fire of 1788. Take a walk through the onsite garden, featuring a small, waterfall-fed pond and huge 800-year-old camphor trees. Observe the serene surrounding nature as you sit on the floor and restore your mind through meditation. Make Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) a part of your Kyoto vacation plans using our Kyoto trip itinerary builder.
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  • If you need an escape from the noisy Gion streets, this temple is perfect for you. Beginning with the front gate, those 300 yrs green trees kept telling the tales of ancient Kyoto. When getting inside...  more »
  • Visit of"blue" is a traditional (and kids were mere replicas) to also would be able to go, but parking staff? The don't like giving up their behaviour 100 steps, so make a good impression is the temple does not have. Acquaintance, and the Higashiyama shogunzuka Qing Dragon Palace honours blue real estate because we went and here is garden natural enough and think they are.... It was one of the famous tourist destinations Kyoto if we don't want to go.
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  • For the first time "of merit". Have not been close to the Chion-in Temple and Maruyama Park has done many times, but failed. And was overwhelmed by camphor tree at the entrance to the first k Moss (lol) and the gate to greet the Maple ♪ beautiful autumn season will be blue Maple also felt cool and beautiful. And brightly colored kyakuden fusuma. While fresh were friendly and the atmosphere of Japanese. And kyakuden from your garden. Tourists, was too much. You can wander the gardens, healed in the lush green garden, was a great tourist attractions.
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  • This is my favorite temple in Kyoto, maybe all of Nippon. It's smaller than the famous temples so it has fewer people. The sliding doors in the temple are beautiful, the emerald green pond is the gem of the garden, but it's all about the 800 year old camphor trees that make this temple really worth coming to. If you have the time, you can experience a full tea ceremony for ¥1000 (tea ceremonies are only offered to the public during March and November).
  • Garden is not well kept anymore. I was here in the mid of June three years ago and the garden looked so pretty. Today I went there again and found that the water in the pond was so dirty and the grassland was also in poor shade. Hope people who manage this temple could put some effort in it! It's so sad!
  • Beautiful temple and garden. It's less crowded than other temples. Definitely recommended is to join the tea ceremony. Tickets costs 1000 yen and can be both at the entrance. I highly recommend to visit this temple.
  • It is a very nice change from chion inwith the less crowded nature and really beautiful scenery
  • Amazing peace in this beautiful garden. Less people. More enjoyment. One of the best for me in Kyoto. Also nice small bamboo forest in the back.

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