Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), Kyoto

4.5
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 .
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  • Don't miss it. One of Kyoto's most beautiful temples, even in the evening, when the lighting makes it incredibly impressive.
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  • For 500 yen, it is possible to enjoy a bubble of tranquillity in this small temple with an intimate atmosphere. It is very pleasant to walk barefoot through these corridors while admiring the landscaped garden and the richly decorated fusumas (sliding panels).
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  • 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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