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#83 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 47 Kitatakagaminecho Takagamine, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8468, Kyoto Prefecture
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Photos of the windows are allowed now

I visited Genkoan in November 2016. It was allowed to take photos everywhere in the temple, including photos of the famous windows. Personnel working there are treating visitors... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 November 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I visited Genkoan in November 2016. It was allowed to take photos everywhere in the temple, including photos of the famous windows. Personnel working there are treating visitors kindly. On Nov.17th there were still no red leafs inside the round window view and I was recommended to visit few days later if I want to see red leafs' view as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

We came here early in the morning, not long after opening time, and the temple was completely empty. It felt like it rarely gets busy, so if you're looking for something away from the crowds, then this is it. The square and circle windows are nice to sit and look out of for a little while, and the bloody footprints... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

the round and square windows are awesome, but vistors are not allowed to take any photo. heard that commercial photographers (taking pictures for a megazine etc) are allowed. if that's true, isn't it a bit of snobbish?

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2014

You will see pictures all over Kyoto of the iconic round window of Genkoan, a small temple in the northern hills of the city. But you won't be allowed to take any of your own. It's good to know that before you arrive, since we found it a shock - it is never mentioned in any of the guidebooks. It... More 

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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