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Senkō-ji Temple, Kyoto

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  • It is a temple that came to be open to the public in 2012. It is located directly above the angle of Hoshino Resort. It was half collapsed by the Isewan Typhoon, and the main hall was supported by wire until it was repaired. It's unimaginable. The view from there is superb. Because it is located in the middle of the mountain, it has a small appearance, but the couple who are protecting the temple welcomeus us warmly. It is a mysterious temple that the percentage of foreign people was higher than the Japanese whether it was introduced in some guidebooks.
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  • From Togetsu-kobashi, walk along the river to Arashiyama Monkey Park (upstream) and arrive at Senkoji Temple, which is connected to Kakukura Ryo. On the way, there are strange rocks along the river and a guide to the temple painted in anime. It was impressive to meet a Western-style foreigner.
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  • You can expect some breathtaking views and a friendly conversation in the guest sitting room. Highly recommended place off the beaten path.
  • While temple's worship hall is old and shabby, its Buddhist sitting hall or Zen Practice Hall is super with extraordinary natural view and breezing wind. Visitors have to climb upward steps from river bank or riverbank road to the temple, and it may take a few minutes for step climbing to reach the temple. The slate steps are old and sometimes broken, and visitors should take time for climbing. Staffs, including Master Monk, are very friendly, while Master Monk can command English without difficulty, although he is not always staying at the temple. It seems that master monk is trying hard in the last few years to renovate the temple building structure and improve temple design and decoration. One of its major funding methods is from its Zen Sitting Course which is offered to Buddhist believers and non-Buddhist believers, including foreigners. Sometimes, foreign visitors would take boat from Togetsu Kyo Bridge and get off the river bank near the temple area. While visitors can take boat near Togetsu Kyo Bridge area, it is worthy while for tourists or visitors to walk across the bridge and walk along the river bank road [which is relatively narrow and is used by one nearby Hotel for the supply delivery] to the temple, because its river scene is extraordinarily beautiful and its river breeze is relatively comfortable. The walk generally takes 15 minutes before a few minutes of climbing. Temple does charge a moderate admission for the entrance, while it offers tea, free of additional charge, to the visitors. Also, visitors are allowed to walk around the Zen Sitting Room and take photos. If master monk is there, visitors may feel free to chat with master monk, who is very friendly and casual, although he is often bare foot in spring and summer time. Visitors are also allowed to knock the temple bell three times to liberate themselves. In my October 2018 visit, I found that temple does add a few wood benches along the slate step trail for visitors to take a break while climbing up, about 5 to 8 minutes climb.
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