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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  • It was one of the few temples in Kyoto that in autumn remains open at night, I think till 21.00 and we did not lose this opportunity ... it was a great surprise. His red maples lit by headlights and the garden around studded with lights has really excited. Not to mention that the visitors in the evening are far fewer;-)
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  • After several stays in Kyoto, I decided to walk to this place quite close to the Westin Miyako hotel. And what an enchantment. It was on a Monday in late February in the morning, not really a busy day...  more »
  • I stopped by when traveling alone in the middle of March. That did not have time to swing by during the day, but this period is lit up at night, you see. Is interviewed for the first time on the events in Kyoto, but spread a fantasy world from the entrance. Albeit old and new, was a welcome antidote. Kyoto is many times went so far, that not only during the day and enjoy the night. One person even among friends, families, aplenty, the couple is happy with the location. This is the place you want heard, so in a couple of times is lit up like a 合imashitara period of time, please.
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  • Nice and peaceful. Really neat you get to walk through a traditional home with no shoes. When I was here there was not many other people so it felt relaxing the whole time.
  • This was my favorite temple in Kyoto. I didnt plan to stop here, but saw it on the way to another temple. There were only a couple other people inside so it was very easy to sit and really enjoy the traditional building and serene grounds. Got a lovely goshuin for my goshuincho. I highly recommend visiting here
  • 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.
  • Great to walk around, good gardens too, not as busy as some others, which is a plus
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