Sanzen-in Monzeki (Sanzen-in Temple)

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.

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ohararaikouinchou 540 map map Map
[Mar.- Oct.]9:00-17:00
[Dec.- Feb.]9:00-16:30
open everyday
[Junior High school students]400yen
[Elementary school students]150yen
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Not available
※Fee parking lot ManyAvailable nearby
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*yen Yuzo only
Not available
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (but not inside the building)
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Go early and enjoy
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.09
    The great thing about Sanzen-in is that each way one looks, the view is different. This visit (not our first) it was a chilly day and we were grateful for the hot tea served. Take your time here...
  • Highly recommend visiting on weekday because of fewer visitors, quiet atmosphere and seasonal scenery will enchant you
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.02.22
  • Beautiful Place to View the Fall Colors
    4.0 Reviewed : 2022.11.17
    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...

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