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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
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Interesting and quiet gardens

The gardens make this temple stand out from some of the others. Minimal or no crowds as we mostly... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Keller, Texas
Another nice crowd getaway

The gardens are gorgeous and the fact that most tourist buses will not stop at this little place... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The gardens make this temple stand out from some of the others. Minimal or no crowds as we mostly had the place to ourselves.

Thank Deac83
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are gorgeous and the fact that most tourist buses will not stop at this little place makes it so much more special. Also, pay attention to the gorgeous silk screens inside the building. Yet another amazing Japanese garden not to be missed!

Thank HelmutsFoodPorn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favorite temples in Kyoto due to the peaceful nature and somehow free of crowds. Beautiful temple and tranquil gardens to escape the heat and the crowds. Would be a lovely place to stop for tea- ask at desk when you pay your...More

Thank NataliePatricia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Shoren-in temple at night. We kept looking for the temple and walked quite a distance to reach there. All through the walk , we kept wondering if the walk was futile and we should change our plan and head to dinner directly....More

Thank kapur2
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

In any other city, this would be a tourism centerpiece, but for Kyoto, if you're short on time, this is an okay one to skip. Unless you love Japanese screen painting - they are exquisite - or zen gardens. In which case, make sure you...More

Thank jloug
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Breath of fresh air after all the extremely crowded temples. Great house set in a beautiful garden. Plenty of other visitors, yet nowhere near as crowded as other temples, providing plenty of time to sit down and enjoy the scenery.

Thank Joost G
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We arrived just after the temple was opened for the day and it was fantastic. As we were the only ones there, the temple was very quiet and peaceful. All the doors/windows were open so it was cold, lightly snowing even, but that just added...More

Thank Stephen Y
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Lots of temples to see in Kyoto and Japan, but this was a lovely one. Quiet, peaceful. Several rooms to explore--not a long visit, but nice nonetheless

Thank KJRtravel
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

It was recommended by Lonely Planet and so worth it. Small hidden gem. It is a quiet place with many Japanese buildings with sliding doors, tatami mats and views on the beautiful garden and ponds. One of my favourite places so far!

Thank Koral88
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The most beautiful about this temple is it lays in Ohara. A small village in nature. Not a lot of foreign visitors! A lot of chinese and japanese tourists. THis was awesome to get the real japanese vibe and their love for nature.

Thank Michael V
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Maxwell S
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Sorry I am not able to include the link - answers here don't allow it. Search for the temple name and you should find Japan Guide at the top of the list. There's also a 2 year old link to a question similar to yours on... More