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Sennyuji Temple

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Address: 27 Sennyuji Yamanouchicho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0977, Kyoto Prefecture
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the unryuin sub-temple is the highlight!

the unryuin sub-temple up the hill was the highlight for me...there are meditation rooms which overlook the beautiful garden...and some of the meditation rooms have unusual sets... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

the unryuin sub-temple up the hill was the highlight for me...there are meditation rooms which overlook the beautiful garden...and some of the meditation rooms have unusual sets of windows which focus on parts of the natural surroundings...i especially liked the circular enlightenment window....one of the most peaceful places that i found in kyoto...creating a blissful experience...and should you so desire,... More 

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Reviewed 7 February 2016

Sennyuji temple is in a class of its own, a lot of local/Japanese residents come here for the yang gui fei section that blesses them with great beauty, i seriously saw a great number of ladies go to the section. It must be big here. The grounds of the temple is seriously grand too, there is a hall that holds... More 

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Reviewed 11 November 2015

A really beautiful temple with a statue of the Yang Gui Fei Kannon which appears to be the main attraction but we found the whole place, the gardens in particular wonderful and not many tourists about a real gem

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Reviewed 5 November 2015

This must be my favourite temple in Kyoto. It attracts far lesser amount of tourists than other temples because it is located on a hill. The place is more popular for local Japanese. The main attraction is the statue of the Yang Gui Fei Kannon, which is a few hundred years old. The gardens are not overly done and really... More 

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Reviewed 25 April 2015 via mobile

This temple is steeped in history and is a hidden treasure of Kyoto. The reason I wanted to visit is that legend has it that the marvelous Japanese diarist and poet Sei Shonagon is said to have retired here following the downfall of her beloved Empress during the Heian period. Tucked away to the side of the main building is... More 

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Reviewed 29 September 2011

This is really one of the most zen and understated temples in Kyoto, and really one of the more significant one as well. It was apparently founded in the year 856 and it is best known for its statue of the Yokihi Kannon. Yokihi is the Japanese pronounciation of "Yang Guifei", a beautiful concubine from China in the Tang Dynasty.... More 

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Reviewed 17 June 2009

if you wonder where you visit second visit to Kyoto, I highly recommend you to visit here. It has many gardens and small temples in huge area. one of small temple (called 'Hidain') has a view to overlook Kyoto city. I have lost my way in this temple and even I enjoyed it;) I can stay here quite long time... More 

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