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Bishamondo Shorinji Temple毘沙門堂 勝林寺


This sub-temple on the grounds of Tofukuji Temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City enshrines an image of Bishamonten. Normally, only groups can view it by appointment. However, special viewings for the public are held in spring and autumn, when many visitors come. They also hold zazen meditation and Buddhist scripture copying workshops.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-795 (Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea)

phone 0755614311

Review of Shorinji Temple

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Reviewed:2018/05/16 Dont do it if you have any meditation experience
Unfortunately we expected to learn something, however there is no english despite the english website. Instead you are provided with written instructions of the most basic type informing you to...
Reviewed:2018/02/20 Zazen meditation experience
We visited this small temple to participate in a zazen meditation session the session was 1 hour, from 13:00-14:00. It cost 1000 yen per person.

The monk speaks only Japanese but they provide an...
Reviewed:2017/02/16 Shakyo writing at shorinji temple, kyoto
We went for a session on shakyo writing on the last day of our visit. Was a very fulfilling and serene experience. After so much of food, touring, shopping, meeting people, the shakyo writing allowed...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-795 [ map ]
Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea
[General admission] Adult 800 yen, small medium and high 500 yen (group only)
[Zen meditation experience] Adult 1000 yen, high school student 800 yen, junior high school student 700 yen, elementary school student 600 yen ※ reservation required [shooting experience] 1500 yen * reservation required

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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.

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