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Sanzen-in Temple

#18 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1242, Kyoto Prefecture
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Amazing Gem

This is a very old Buddhist temple where not so many tourists head out because it takes about an hour by bus from downtown Kyoto. It is sooo well worth it!. It feels legit and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very old Buddhist temple where not so many tourists head out because it takes about an hour by bus from downtown Kyoto. It is sooo well worth it!. It feels legit and beautiful and ancient, unlike some of the other more visited temples. The moss garden is stunning and the pictures do not do it justice. There... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had to drive about 40 minutes from Kyoto central to get to this place. We had to walk in a nice mountainous atmosphere for about 20 minutes to get to the tempel. It is a nice Buddhist temple where in April is covered with mist. They have a nice moss garden and everything about this place is just serene.... More 

Thank Delima S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated in Ohara, about 45-60 min outside Kyoto, the temple attracts far fewer visitors than other more well known temples, but surpasses them all in beauty. The temple is known for its streams, moss covered gardens, and incredibly tranquil surroundings. Take it slow and stop for tea while exploring the grounds. If you time it perfectly, the cherry blossoms are... More 

Thank Mark V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go visit this Temple in Ohara. A short train and bus ride form downtown Kyoto. Far from the maddening crowds of the other more famous temples. Grounds are beautiful, spend one or two hours roaming the grounds. Lovely!

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Long Melford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a fourty minute sleep in the back of a taxi my friends and I arrive at the gates of Senso-Ji temple. Having been told of the Temple's calming, zen-like aura we decided it was just what we needed after a long weekend of travelling. Upon entering the grounds of the temple we were confronted with the astounding site of... More 

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Corner of Earth
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

After my first visit three years ago, I told myself this would be the place I had to return to if I ever was back in Kyoto. So this November I went again. Still love it. It's beautiful and tranquil. Even when it's crowded you can feel its quiet spirit. The walk leading up to the temple actually builds up... More 

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Pondicherry, India
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Took train from Osaka to Kyoto (Hankyu express train), then bus No. 17 from Kawaramachi Train Station to Ohara. The bus ride was one hour. Arrived at Ohara, then walked up to the temple. Admission was 700 yen. The setting is serene and beautiful in the mountain forest. The grounds are peaceful, the temple is quiet. All signs are in... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Sanzen-in Temple is about 50 minutes by car out of Kyoto. As a result, it is not that crowded. The temple grounds are very nice with beautiful gardens that has moss covered ground. There is a good noodle shop in front if you are hungry. The small temple near by has a fantastic garden with a 700 year old pine... More 

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takaratsuka city hyogo japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

i am coming here if i feel sad, the beautiful surrounding nature makes me feel much better and relax.i am still keep coming from time to time.

2 Thank F4023NZalbertos
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

I went in Winter and vowed I would return to see the Autumn foliage and it didn't disappoint. It's a little bit further out so you can enjoy the gardens without the throngs of tourists and their selfie sticks.

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