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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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  • In any other city, this would be a tourism centerpiece, but for Kyoto, if you're short on time, this is an okay one to skip. Unless you love Japanese screen painting - they are exquisite - or zen gard...  more »
  • Breath of fresh air after all the extremely crowded temples. Great house set in a beautiful garden. Plenty of other visitors, yet nowhere near as crowded as other temples, providing plenty of time to ...  more »
  • We arrived just after the temple was opened for the day and it was fantastic. As we were the only ones there, the temple was very quiet and peaceful. All the doors/windows were open so it was cold, li...  more »
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  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • It is a very nice change from chion inwith the less crowded nature and really beautiful scenery
  • 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.