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Horinji Temple

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Address: 68 Arashiyamakokuzoyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0006, Kyoto Prefecture
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Quiet, with great views...

If you want to escape the mad crush at Arashiyama, Horin-ji makes a nice visit. It has great views of Kyoto and the surrounding hills. While lacking the lovely gardens of Kyoto's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

If you want to escape the mad crush at Arashiyama, Horin-ji makes a nice visit. It has great views of Kyoto and the surrounding hills. While lacking the lovely gardens of Kyoto's great temples, Horin-ji has an interesting collections of buildings and great views for fall colors. It's nice just to walk around the complex and to enjoy the architecture... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

On a hill above Arashiyama’s famous Togetsukyō bridge sits Hōrinji. It has a viewing platform for taking in Arashiyama and a tahōtō pagoda. Hōrinji is also a jūsan-mairi temple, and I saw several families bringing their children for coming-of-age rituals. The boys wore western suits in which they grimaced at their parents’ cameras uncomfortably. The girls wore flowery, blindingly bright... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

The Horin-ji Temple is on a hill near the south end of the Togetsu-kyo Bridge in the Arashiyama region. Since it is not a well-known temple, especially amongst non-Japanese people, there are very few people who visit here. But it gives you a good view of the Togetsu-kyo Bridge and the surrounding area. It takes about ten minutes on foot... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

Yet again I'm saying this about Kyoto's sights: beautiful views, hardly any people, great atmosphere!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2015 via mobile

It's a hike up, but it's worth it for the sweeping view of Kyoto. Bring a camera or a pair of binoculars. The temple itself is in rough shape, but that only adds to the character.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

Located in the mountains, slightly removed from Arashiyama's main tourist drag, Horin-ji is very quiet, peaceful even, and totally worth the walk down the road from Togetsukyo bridge. Tucked away in the forest and up a set of stairs, it also offers some wonderful vistas of Arashiyama. The complex contains several shrines, including one dedicated to the protection of electricity... More 

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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