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Bask in the elegant halls of Sanzen-in Temple, a Tendai school temple of imperial lineage, founded in 804 CE. As you enter its front gate, pass the series of connected temple buildings until you reach the kyakuden, or guest hall. Observe the displayed works of Japanese calligraphy and paintings on sliding doors, and proceed towards the traditional garden with a small pond and a hill. In the shinden, or main hall, observe the three statues of Buddhist deities, as well as a view of the entire estate covered in maple and cedar trees. Stop on Ojo Gokuraku-in Hall, which holds a statue of Amida Buddha, the temple's most prized treasure. To visit Sanzen-in Temple and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto online holiday planner.
Sanzen-in Temple reviews
建物内も庭園も、厳かながら穏やかな空気に包まれている寺院です。 休日や紅葉などの美しい季節の景色を見ることが出来る期間は、多くの参拝者・拝観者による賑わいを見せますが、通常時は参拝客は多くなく、特に閉館間際の時間帯は参道沿いのほとんどの店（茶屋や土産物店）が閉まるため一層参拝客もおらず、静謐な雰囲気が漂います。そのような中、庭園の一つである聚碧園を前に何も考えず座りながら、庭園の樹木の葉擦れの音や... more
建物内も庭園も、厳かながら穏やかな空気に包まれている寺院です。 休日や紅葉などの美しい季節の景色を見ることが出来る期間は、多くの参拝者・拝観者による賑わいを見せますが、通常時は参拝客は多くなく、特に閉館間際の時間帯は参道沿いのほとんどの店（茶屋や土産物店）が閉まるため一層参拝客もおらず、静謐な雰囲気が漂います。そのような中、庭園の一つである聚碧園を前に何も考えず座りながら、庭園の樹木の葉擦れの音や... more »
The fall colors throughout the temple grounds can be quite striking. We missed the peak by about a week but were still impressed with the beauty of the place. Large amounts of tourists can be a...
The fall colors throughout the temple grounds can be quite striking. We missed the peak by about a week but were still impressed with the beauty of the place. Large amounts of tourists can be a... more »
This temple is well worth a visit. We rented a car, but public transportation from Kyoto is also available. We enjoyed every minute, from the long and meandering path that takes you to the gate, to...
This temple is well worth a visit. We rented a car, but public transportation from Kyoto is also available. We enjoyed every minute, from the long and meandering path that takes you to the gate, to... more »
This temple is well worth a visit. We rented a car, but public transportation from Kyoto is also available. We enjoyed every minute, from the long and meandering path that takes you to the gate, to the gardens, to drinking delicious matcha while you soak up the beauty of the garden, to the tasty lunch we had in a restaurant with very simple but tasteful decor just outside the gate. Highly recommended.
It is a group of tourist attraction. You can spend all day in this area. Some restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops are nearby. Souvenir shops offer local picklings as well. The main temple has an amazing moss covered garden. July seems to be the best time to visit the ajisai garden in the temple.
I don't go to temples for the religious significance, only for the unique moments of tranquility I feel as I lay eyes on a piece of garden or an architectural feature. I think I caught this temple at s weird time, with overcast/drizzly weather and not yet in real fall leaf time. That said, many temples do offer a wonderful calming experience, especially in the rain and even without the leaves. This temple felt a little overhyped and did not really do it for me. Aspects of it were beautiful, and the landscaped garden area was huge, but it was a bear to get to and I didn't like having to figure out which of the parking lots wasn't a ripoff. (Answer: park as close as possible to the entrance and you will get the best deal.)
It was a great time, me and my husband went there to see the hydrangea/ajisai garden…and it was worth it! So many beautiful blue hydrangeas. We also love to see the zen garden from the main hall and the moss garden. The temple is really peaceful and energize me. One of Kyoto go-to list, just take the Bus number 17 bound to Ohara, and ride it till the last station (Ohara). From there you just need to walk another 12 minutes. The scenery of the surrounding area is worth to see, really captivating and relaxing! If you bought the one day pass, you must pay additional fare before you get off, so please be prepared. The entrance fee of the temple is 700¥ but it’s worth it! You’ll see different sensation and calmness from the temple itself and the surrounding area. Don’t forget to looking for Warabe Jizo, small statues that lies on the moss :)
Peaceful temple and adorable views🍁🍁 Best season visit👏👏
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