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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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  • This temple is probably not the most popular with tourists. We went in the middle of the day and it wasn't at all crowded. We had seen a couple of temples already by the time we reached here. And wond...  more »
  • We visited first thing in the morning, so there were not too many tourists around - which for a place that is all about piece and quiet, it surely matters :) Pay the entry fee so you can go inside to ...  more »
  • I visited lit up during the night. Opens up a fantastic scenery of blue. Full of couples, so go alone and lonely.
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