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Neighbourhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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S. Bac
Mantua, Italy176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I was heading to the Nijo Castle even if it was about to be closing time, but I wanted to see it illuminated. So I wandered for a while and on my way to the palace I bumped into this stunning treasure. I spent a lot of time to find its name and here I am, sharing with you this little pearl.
Written 15 January 2022
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,405 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Shinsenen was a Shingo Japanese Buddhist Temple initially founded in 824. The size of this temple area had greatly been reduced due to the construction of Nijo Castle nearby. Currently visitors could found a garden and water pond inside apart from an orange-colored bridge thereat. It was said that the garden inside should be the oldest one in Japan. Worth to have a look when you travel to Nijo area.
Written 5 December 2019
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Dkkeeling
Hong Kong, China2,468 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Very disappointing for a tourist scene which is highly scored on TA
We nearly missed it on the way so be careful to look
Written 24 September 2019
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kayoko t
Kyoto, Japan57 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
The location is just the side of the Nijyo Castle and walking distance from the Castle. But the Shinsenen garden was much smaller even thogugh the garden was well constracted with a pond and typical Japanese style red bridge over the pond. Unfortunately the water in the pond was not cleanly kept. At the moment it is under the consraction so it is better stay visit only Nijyo Castle.

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Written 12 July 2019
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Lala B
Taipei, Taiwan7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
We went here after missing Nijo castles last admission. It’s quite and tranquil. Nice get away from the tourist and a place to rest.
Written 30 April 2018
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,405 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We have visited Shinsenen by early April after viewing Nijo in the vicinity. The temple cum shrine/garden though smaller in size were nice and comprehensive. Many local people come to worship while others would come to take photos on the beautiful environment.
Written 14 April 2018
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brixtontrev
United Kingdom1,736 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
In all the years I've been visiting Kyoto I've been remiss in not taking time or the effort to visit this little ancient time capsule from the original Heian Kyoto. Its so near to Nijojo that there really is no excuse not to visit and this time when I did it worked its charm. Its very small but no less impressively pretty with some lovely shrines. Its obviously used a lot by local Japanese Shinto worshipers who came to pray while we were there, as well as being used as a play space by a local nursery school. As it was Cherry blossom season it was made all the more pretty by the presence of a few trees which were in full bloom. Well worth taking the time to visit
Written 6 April 2018
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Jason Y
Canada109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
This is a great garden/temple/shrine to visit if you are short on time and will be visiting Nijo. It is about a 5-10 minute walk away from Nijo, and open all times of the day. Best of all, it is admission free for those on a budget and not overrun with tourists.

The garden consists of a pond and a beautiful red bridge, perfect for photography. It is both a Buddhist temple with an adjoining shrine (as with many places of worship in Japan) where you can get your goshuin. It is always open, so you can stop by before or after Nijo.
Written 3 April 2018
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Andy_J_Harris
Gawler, Australia70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We tried to visit the Nijo Castle but it had just closed by the time we got there, so we went for a walk around the surround streets and stumbled upon this tranquil little spot. We spotted the red bridge from the road and spent some time in this beautiful oasis within the normal streets of Kyoto. Worth looking for if you're nearby.
Written 1 April 2018
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Aya T
Arlington, VA174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
This shrine is not famous at all. I found this in a guide book as a hole-in-the-wall spot. The property is very small and nothing fancy but it gives tranquil, zen atmosphere right next to the busy street. I sat on the bench and stared at the pond for a while to relax after all day of walking. The red bridge is gorgeous. Easy access from Nijo station.
Written 2 November 2017
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