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Take a break from urban life and explore Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), one of five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect, whose head priests once served the imperial family and high court aristocracy. Built in the 13th century, the temple brims with peace and solemnity, similar to the ambience of the Imperial Palace. In fact, it served as a temporary imperial palace after the Great Kyoto Fire of 1788. Take a walk through the onsite garden, featuring a small, waterfall-fed pond and huge 800-year-old camphor trees. Observe the serene surrounding nature as you sit on the floor and restore your mind through meditation. Plan your visit to Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto trip itinerary website.
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) reviews
Shoren-in has a stroll garden you can also view from the temple veranda. One side of the garden has a pond with islands and a miniature stone pagoda in the background, while other only has a... more »
I first visited Shoren-in about 30 years ago. Fortunately it is off the tourist trail and sees few visitors. Sitting on the vast tatami matted room looking out over the garden is one of my favourite..... more »
A beautiful little temple where you can walk through traditional tatami rooms. There seemed to be a cafe where you could buy drinks and drink them in the rooms, but I wasn't paying much attention. Also, there were very few people, even compared to the surrounding temples (in January).
Wonderful temple far from the chaotic center of the city. Inside the temple there's an "indoor" garden with a small pond full of fishes and most of the rooms can be entered or at least seen from outside. There's a small watchtower on the hill near the temple that gives an incredible view of the city. Fewer tourists than the other temples of Kyoto come to this temple and that's really a plus.
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