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. Plan your visit to Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto trip itinerary website .
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  • Seems like a fantasy, but we have our around is very real, only is arranged in such a way and with as much harmony, which does not seem real.
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  • No groups here have also recently went to where Chinese people are noisy, beautiful autumn trees. Tea House and in the garden but also suitable to break
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  • I went to light up. A little early or a relatively small audience, excellent. Not surprised that foliage lit bamboo forests. Peaceful weight bamboo felt.
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  • Very beautiful. I could not find their opening hours for the autumn night illuminations on their website, but it turns out the temple closes at 4.30pm and reopens at 6pm. There was already a line of people waiting at 5.50pm, so arrive early OR arrive about half an hour after opening for night illuminations. There is plenty of space to walk, not too crowded but I did go on a weeknight.
  • Quiet, serene and beautiful We were recommended this temple by a young Japanese friend from Tokyo who said this was his favourite temple in Kyoto for all the reasons above. Without having seen all the temples ourselves, I would have to say he is right. Whilst the building is interesting the real attraction is the views out over the different garden spaces and the garden itself.
  • This temple is smaller and less crowded. Still beautiful to visit. Make it your first stop, making your way to Chion-in Temple, Maruyama Park, and Ninenzaka.
  • I very much enjoyed my time at this temple. It was not filled with many people. It was very calm and relaxing. We also had time to sit and enjoy Matcha while gazing into the garden.
  • Situated at the base of Mount Awata and in the heart of the Kyoto City you’ll find the tranquil temple of Shōren-in (青蓮院). Once, after the Great Kyoto Fire of 1788, it was used as a temporary Imperial Palace. The gardens inside Shōren-in are especially beautiful and the Ryūjin-no-ike pond (龍神池 or Heavenly Dragon Pond) is famous. The large rock in the middle of the pond looks like the back of a dragon, bathing in the pond. There are two gardens, one the “Garden of Soami” designed by Sōami (相阿弥) in the Muromachi period (室町時代), and the “Kirishima Garden (霧島の庭)” designed by Kobori Enshū (小堀遠州). Inside precincts of Shōren-in is a famous tea house (Kobun-tei - 好文亭) once used by Emperor Go-Sakuramachi (後桜町天皇) as a study.

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