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Visit the wonderful moss garden and a national treasure in Ohara

Sanzen-in Temple

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Sanzen-in Temple
This beautiful temple surrounded by nature is also one of the oldest temples in Kyoto. Established in between year 782 to 806, the temple was officially named “Sanzen-in” in 1871. Amazingly, the temple’s head priests were members of the imperial family. Ohara area once was a place where noble people and disciplined monks flocked over to have a secluded life. Here, you can enjoy two beautiful gardens which changes face according to season. There are several shops along the way from the bus stop t...moreo Sanzen-in, you can easily spend about half a day in this area. Make a visit to this temple, make a prayer, and enjoy the magnificent view of the gardens.
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It was my very first time going to Ohara area! I'm glad that I made that visit, it's such a quiet area full of nature and fresh air. It took about an hour on the bus from Kyoto Station. The bus goes along the river and the scenery was enjoyable even on the way to Ohara. Once there, I saw several shops open as I walk up to Sanzen-in Temple. Check out some souvenirs on the way up or on the way back down. Surrounded by mountains, it was incredible to see this side of Kyoto.
Shuheki-en Garden
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Shuheki-en Garden
This garden can be viewed from the Kyakuden Hall, as the garden is categorized as a pond appreciating style garden. Have a seat in the hall and take a moment to view the garden. During a perfect warm weather, you can hear the birds chirping, and in according to the season, you can view flowers bloom elegantly.
Yusei-en Garden
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Yusei-en Garden
Yusei-en Garden is a moss garden which is categorized as a pond strolling style garden. It’s a beautiful moss garden where you can find 6 jizo statues called, warabe jizo. Enjoy your stroll through this garden and take in the joy shared by these little statues. During the autumn, beautiful maple leaves changing colors can be seen, and during the spring, cherry trees planted around the area can be seen blooming. Even during the rain, the moss garden is beautiful as the colors of the moss...more change.
Ojo-gokuraku-in
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Ojo-gokuraku-in
Visit the Ojo-gokuraku-in and make your prayer to the Amitabha Trinity. This Amida hall allows one to get very close to the statue of Amida Buddha, a national treasure. The sitting position in which these statues are presented is unique as well as the round knees of the statues. Built in 986, the hall’s ceiling once was in bright beautiful colors with imagery of a paradise heaven. The painting of the ceiling is recreated (in same size) and exhibited in the Ennyu-zo Treasure House which can be vi...moresited near the exit of the temple.
Take a Break!
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Take a Break!
There are several areas to take a rest inside the temple. Near Konjiki-fudo-do (hall of Golden Acalanatha), there is a resting area where free tea can be enjoyed by all the visitors. The tea is not an ordinary tea, take a closer look as the kind attendant hands you a cup. Real gold flakes fill the tea cups beautifully shining in tasty shiso herb tea, in ume plum tea or in sweet green tea.
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Please keep in mind that tripods are not allowed inside. If looking to participate in Sutra Copying, ask if you can participate as it is offered to visitors every day.
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Sanzen-in Temple
Categories Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-744-2531
Address 540 Ohara Raigoincho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-1242
Directions 1-hour on bus from Kyoto Station (C3 area) on Bus #17. Get off at"Ohara" stop (last bus stop on bus #17) and walk about 10 minutes up the hill.

23-minute on bus from Kyoto Subway Kokusai Kaikan Station (#3 area) . Get off at "Ohara" stop and walk about 10 minutes up the hill.
Hours March - December 7th : 8:30am - 5:30pm (must enter by 5pm)

November 8th - February : 9am - 5:00pm (must enter by 4:30pm)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Notes Please note of the hours as it is changed from previous hours.

Sanzen-in Temple and the Ohara area can be reached by bus and takes about 1 hour from Kyoto Station.
Fee Adult: ¥700 (¥600/person for a group of 30 people or more)

Middle and high school students: ¥400 (¥300/per person for a group of 30 people or more)

Elementary students: ¥150
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Information brochure available in 4 languages
Information Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean
Languages spoken Japanese only
URL http://www.sanzenin.or.jp/
Sanzen-in Temple +81 75-744-2531 Adult: ¥700 (¥600/person for a group of 30 people or more) Middle and high school students: ¥400 (¥300/per person for a group of 30 people or more) Elementary students: ¥150 3/3

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