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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), 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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  • Forget about time in the beauty of the garden offers beautiful fusuma, and mats to sit. It is also beautiful. Beautiful maple dyed yellow in autumn.
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  • Visited in April. Was not so much tourists visited during the tourist season in spring cherry blossoms are less so. You could settle down very slowly while watching your garden.
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  • Shoren-in Temple is a beautiful old temple complex. It does a steep staircase to walk up. So, for some that may prohibit a visit. However, a visit is well rewarded with the beauty of the area.