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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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  • Less famous unique garden and bamboo grove lighted up great, but dare go in the autumn season. Liu Yuan Liang is a little more expensive.
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  • .. It was the second temple we visited here after the Fushimi Inari, great atmosphere!! There are times when it is quite busy and you can't enjoy the tranquility they offer the grounds. CMQ a good experience immersing yourself in these beautiful places. Very missed!!
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  • I went for the illuminations and they were nice, but I think this place is probably better by day, given that other reviewers say that the highlights are the indoor art and the lack of crowds.