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Yogenin Temple

#159 of 954 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 656 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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Very Interesting History, not very accessible to non-Japanese visitors

The blood-stained criling is very cool, and the history behind it (along with a number of other items/rooms in the temple) is very interesting. Unfortunately, there is no English... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 April 2015
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Nipomo, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

"Japanese access only". That is what we were told by an officious woman at the entrance to this temple. Obviously I can understand if a religious site is closed to the public, or if entry is limited to worshipers when a religious rite is under way. But Japanese access only? That's simply racist. From other reviews it sounds like not... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

This is a famous temple, because it has bloodstains on the ceiling from an ancient battle where many samurai committed suicide after a defeat. VERY creepy yet cool, too. A note of warning, English is NOT spoken here. We arranged some university students to come with us and guide us around, and everything was great. It's also right by a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

The blood-stained criling is very cool, and the history behind it (along with a number of other items/rooms in the temple) is very interesting. Unfortunately, there is no English guide or paperwork available so we were lucky to have a private guide with us. Otherwise, we would not have been able to really enjoy it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

On the way to Sanjusangendo we glanced into the garden of a temple across the street - Yōgen-in. We saw the most spectacular sakura.  It was by no means the oldest nor the biggest, but it cascaded down a slight hill magnificently.  The tree was being shot by a professional photographer, and we joined her in marveling at its beauty.  She... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

If you have been interested in Japanese history or the fate of Japanese Castles then you will want to visit this little temple. Down the side street next to Sanjusangendo and just behind the Hyatt Regency this little temple can be easily missed. This temple was built by or for Yodogimi (Yodo-dono) concubine of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. But first a little... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013 via mobile

A perfect little temple, just across the road from Sanjusangendo and so much quieter. I've been twice, fifteen years apart, and it still moves me. No one speaks English, the commentary is on a cassette player, but the painted screens are wonderful as is the blood stained ceiling. The ceiling was once the floor at Fushimi Castle and is the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

We were. Wandering around Kyoto, this little,rather deserted temple was evocative. Not too well maintained,it had the air of promise thst se places of true magic possess. We went down the path to find non English speaking guides, but they were so helpful,so kind in showing us everything that this sight stayed in our minds and became our favorite site... More 

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