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Yoshiminedera Temple

#102 of 1,107 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 1372 Oharano Oshiocho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1133, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-331-0020

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Worth to travel all the way to get here!

We spent almost 3 hours walking and taking pictures. Beautiful hydrangea garden ever I went in my life. I'd love to come back again.

Reviewed 20 June 2016
Tsubasa A
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

We spent almost 3 hours walking and taking pictures. Beautiful hydrangea garden ever I went in my life. I'd love to come back again.

Thank Tsubasa A
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Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

ここはリードをして他の参拝者の迷惑にならなければペット同伴OKです。 春は枝垂れ桜、初夏の紫陽花、秋の紅葉はとても美しいお寺です。京都から南西に位置する長岡京市の山間にあるため、観光客も少なく、のんびり散策したい方にはオススメです! ただ山間のお寺のため傾斜のきつい坂道が多いため、車椅子や杖歩行の方は介助者が必要です。 This temple accept the people with dogs. You can see the beautiful view of temple with Sakura in spring. And you also can see hydrangea and maple leafs in each season. It's located in Nagaoka-Kyo City not Kyoto-City so it's not crowded usually. If you would love to walk and enjoy nature, I recommend this temple.

Thank Chikichikki
Singapore, Singapore
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69 reviews
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

Nobody goes to Kyoto without visiting the famous Kiyomizudera temple in the eastern hills of Kyoto. Very few, however, knows about the western counterpart Yoshiminedera which is also built along a slope in the hills and overlook the Kyoto city. Perhaps it's due to it being less accessible, but it is definitely worth the effort. To reach this temple, I... More 

2 Thank Yew Hong N
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2015

In our opinion, we think the area around Yoshiminedera Temple is the best half day we had spent in Kyoto, after visiting all the other popular sights. We love this place simply because it isn't crowded with huge groups of tourists and we can take our time to enjoy each spot along the way up. This place is in the... More 

3 Thank ChouquetteSG
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Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

Yes, it is hard to get there but well worthed it. We took a cab from higashimuko which costed 2200yen. Not too bad if you have 4pax considering bus is 350/pax. Cab also brings you up the last stretch of steep slope beyond the bus dropoff! The temple and gardens are arranged on a mountainside, flanked by higher mountain and... More 

Thank femmemme
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

Yoshimine dera is a large temple complex on the west side of Kyoto, away from the tourist crowds at the city centre and Arashiyama area. Another reviewer on TripAdvisor has detailed transportation to the temple complex, and it would make a nice half-day trip traveling from the bustling Kyoto to more a more rural settings. The temple complex is surrounding... More 

3 Thank Brian O
Cairns, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2015

This is my favourite place to see autumn leaves in Kyoto. In late November when the Japanese maples are turning into their spectacular red, orange and yellow colours masses of people come from all around the country and overseas to see this wonderful occasion. And therein lies the problem. Everybody comes and in particular Arashiyama is so crowded you literally... More 

6 Thank lantagee
El Cerrito, California
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

I went to Yoshiminedera on Dec 2,2013. The first impression when we stepped out off the bus was a vibrant color of the lone Maple tree near the bus stop. All the way up to the mountain were so beautiful even though it was already too late for Falls Foliage. The whole complex were so breathtaking and you can see... More 

1 Thank LovemyFigaro
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 17 June 2009

during Cherry Blossom season, OMG, this temple is changing its face. I know there is not public transportation but worthwhile to visit there by taxi from nearest station. isolated small temple at montain side and few tourist all year around exept spring. I can't explain and pictures that I took can't express what the temple is gorgeous and beautiful with... More 

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