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Shoren-in temple is one of the five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect in Kyoto; the head priests at these temples originally belonged to the imperial family. The atmosphere at the temple is solemn and peaceful, similar to the ambiance of the...more
My wife wanted to go to some of the Higashiyama temples Chion-in in particular(big but not beautiful) and thence to Yasaka Shrine (full of Chinese tourists)and the Gion (a mob scene best avoided. So we took the subway from our hotel to the Higashiyama Stop....More
No crowds at this temple. There is a beautiful pond in the garden of this temple and it is worth an hour of your time exploring. A good alternative if you want some peace away from the endless groups of tourist.
When we visited in the fall around 8am it was not as crowded as the other temples and we really got to enjoy the site. It had beautiful gardens and architecture. The brochures are unfortunately in japanese only
I'm not sure why the title of this page says 'temple' because (from what I've read) Shoren-in was never a temple in the usual sense. It's more a villa for chief priests, etc. Consequently, it is vastly different from the massive or sprawling temples that...More
Loved sitting on tatami mats and enjoying the view of the garden. As with other temples in Japan, it's pricey as there's very little by way of education (no English signs) but it was a lovely setting and very quiet inside. Very few tourists.
This was far and away my favorite so far of all the wonderful temples and shrines Kyoto has to offer. Less crowded than many of the larger and more popular temples Shoren-in offers one of the best gardens in Kyoto and the peace in which...More
Located where the first Zen temple of Japan was held, this place is an area of peace and midfullness.
Just go there to see then scenery and let go of everything.
Went there in the afternoon with a lot of people, but everybody was quiet...More
This was within walking distance of our hotel so we left it to the next to last day of the trip. The temple was really a great treat; esthetic, balanced, serene and harmonious. I could have easily spent a half day here absorbing the wonderful...More