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Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto

#21 of 684 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Bask in the elegant halls of Sanzen-in Temple, a Tendai school temple of imperial lineage, founded in 804 CE. As you enter its front gate, pass the series of connected temple buildings until you reach the kyakuden, or guest hall. Observe the displayed works of Japanese calligraphy and paintings on sliding doors, and proceed towards the traditional garden with a small pond and a hill. In the shinden, or main hall, observe the three statues of Buddhist deities, as well as a view of the entire estate covered in maple and cedar trees. Stop on Ojo Gokuraku-in Hall, which holds a statue of Amida Buddha, the temple's most prized treasure. To visit Sanzen-in Temple and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto online holiday planner.
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  • We loved the garden around Sanzen-in Temple. Beautiful water features. Moss gardens and stone statues were outstanding. So much to photograph... There were restaurants and stores leading up to the.....  more »
  • Far off the regular path, about an hour and half from Kyoto main, but worth it just to go see the O-jizzo-Sama carrying the cat. (numerous pictures abound on the net). There is another with carrying....  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful, quiet temple, especially in fall—I also went during winter, and it was still beautiful but not quite as stunning.
  • Absolutely beautiful. The atmosphere here feels so peaceful. Momiji is gorgeous too. Honestly this place is so much nicer than a lot of crowded places in the city.

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