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Shinnyodo Temple

#77 of 1,077 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 82 Jodoji Shinnyocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8414, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful Autumn Colors

We walked to Shinnyodo Temple from Ginkakuji using Google Map. It was a 15~20 minute walk and led us to the secluded back entrance stairway up to Shinnyodo Temple area. I thought... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2016
Taipei, Taiwan
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

We walked to Shinnyodo Temple from Ginkakuji using Google Map. It was a 15~20 minute walk and led us to the secluded back entrance stairway up to Shinnyodo Temple area. I thought we got lost and had to ask local people nearby. The back entrance with stairs going up provided a stunning spectacular view of tall maple trees in yellow,... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

We visited Shinnyodo Temple as a stop-gap before going for the Eikando night tour. What an expected find! The colours were the most intent and beautiful of all the places we visited during the day! And there was no entrance fee to pay, and it was surprisingly free of group tourists! Unfortunately it was already dusk when we got there... More 

Thank LouiseR2020
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

This is one of our top five choice to see the Fall foilage, if you miss this temple during leaves turn red Season, you let the big one get away, not a big area temple, one hour of time is all you need, maybe most tourist overlook here, therefore is no big crowd to deal with, please pay a visit... More 

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Singapore River, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

This requires a lot of effort to find, being off the beaten track. Fabulous autumn foliage with the pagoda and main hall artfully located to bring out the foliage. Worth the long trek up the hill.

Thank HansiZhai
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Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Shinnyodo has its impressive pagoda, it's pond, and a garden with "borrowed" landscape from the distant hills. It also has its treasures and some lovely artworks. But what makes it special for me is walking around it's grounds and surrounding cemeteries. Walking up from Kurodani to Shinnyodo through the vast, connecting cemeteries is a great experience. All the burial monuments... More 

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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Although I often passed by near Shinnyodo, it was my first time to get into its premises. I thought mistakenly that the entrance fee is required, but it was free. There is only few tourists. I loved the serenity of this temple. Maybe I will be back there late in November, when the leaves turn their colors.

Thank Kimitaka S
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Most tourists ignore this gem, which is incredibly beautiful during the cherry blossom season or momiji, autumn leaves season, during which many Japanese come to photograph It has a beautiful pagoda and views of Kyoto from a top of hill. Simply splendid

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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Shinnyodo is a treat - almost hidden at the top of a hill in a residential neighborhood. We came looking for autumn color in this year (2015) of muted shades of red and orange. We found good color along with very few people and no other Westerners. We spent a lot of time photographing the pagoda and the cemetery. We... More 

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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Shinnyodo Temple is a hidden gem. It's known for its beautiful maple trees and tranquility. Maple leaves in red and yellow is the perfect backdrop of this serene temple. It is less commercial than Kinkaku Temple or Kiyomizu-dera. Fall is the best season to catch the view of maple leaves. But I went in early November, I was still able... More 

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Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

Went there today for autumn foliage. We are a bit late as the red colour starting to fade and pale but some is still very nice. Its worth coming here!.

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