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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  • September 14, 2017
    People are looking for good, but in the evening a night watching from the shoren-in Temple in Kyoto is very nice. Look for Bush to sit on the floor and make light, Matcha tea Cham was impressed.
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  • September 11, 2017
    Well Yes, this is still a great temple in the no less beautiful Kyoto. A register on your lists as beautifully preserved, crafted, offering a second time, a return in the Japan of the past.
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  • September 6, 2017
    Is a small, small temple that not many tourists enjoy a relaxing time. 500 yen a.m. tea. You can get free Bell is located near the exit from the garden.
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  • May 21, 2017
    This is my favorite temple in Kyoto, maybe all of Nippon. It's smaller than the famous temples so it has fewer people. The sliding doors in the temple are beautiful, the emerald green pond is the gem of the garden, but it's all about the 800 year old camphor trees that make this temple really worth coming to. If you have the time, you can experience a full tea ceremony for ¥1000 (tea ceremonies are only offered to the public during March and November).
  • May 29, 2017
    Garden is not well kept anymore. I was here in the mid of June three years ago and the garden looked so pretty. Today I went there again and found that the water in the pond was so dirty and the grassland was also in poor shade. Hope people who manage this temple could put some effort in it! It's so sad!
  • April 17, 2017
    Beautiful temple and garden. It's less crowded than other temples. Definitely recommended is to join the tea ceremony. Tickets costs 1000 yen and can be both at the entrance. I highly recommend to visit this temple.
  • June 6, 2017
    It is a very nice change from chion inwith the less crowded nature and really beautiful scenery
  • December 31, 2016
    Amazing peace in this beautiful garden. Less people. More enjoyment. One of the best for me in Kyoto. Also nice small bamboo forest in the back.

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