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Sanzen-in Monzeki (Sanzen-in Temple) (三千院)

This Buddhist temple’s origin dates back to the Enryaku period (782–806), when the priest Saicho opened a temple in the To-do on Mt. Hiei; the temple moved to its current location in 1871. The temple grounds are filled with historic buildings, including the Ojo Gokuraku-in Hall and reception halls for Imperial and regular guests. The Amida Hall on the south side of the grounds houses a figure of Amitabha flanked by two attendants, a National Treasure. There are numerous other highlights, including the beautiful moss-covered Shuheki-en and Yusei-en gardens. Seasonal flowers and natural beauty can be enjoyed on the temple’s grounds year round, as well, including cherry blossoms in the spring and fall foliage in autumn.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ohararaikouinchou 540 (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

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Review of Sanzen-in Temple

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Reviewed:2019/11/07 Best garden in Japan
We loved the garden around Sanzen-in Temple.

Beautiful water features. Moss gardens and stone statues were outstanding. So much to photograph...

There were restaurants and stores leading up to the...
Reviewed:2019/10/01 Beautiful Temple (Has my Favorite Jizzo Carrying a Cat)
Far off the regular path, about an hour and half from Kyoto main, but worth it just to go see the O-jizzo-Sama carrying the cat. (numerous pictures abound on the net).
There is another with carrying...
Reviewed:2019/07/14 Peace and quiet
Visiting this temple is one of my wish during Kyoto stay. Must go there if you only have a few days trip in Kyoto. Takes taxi ride 30 minutes from north part of kyoto city cost about less than...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ohararaikouinchou 540 [map]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
open everyday
[Junior High School/High School Students]400yen
[Elementary School Students]150yen
Parking Lot
Not available
Credit Card
* Yen fusion only
Available (VISA, MasterCard)
*From April 1, 2019, the opening and closing times have changed, so the time after the change is listed.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.