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Enjoy beautiful garden in the solemn and peaceful atmosphere

Tendai Sect Shoren-in Temple

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Tendai Sect Shorenin Temple
Shoren-in Temple is one of the five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect in Kyoto; the head priests at these temples originally belonged to the imperial family. The atmosphere at the temple is solemn and peaceful, similar to the ambiance of the Imperial Palace; this kind of an environment can only be found at Shoren-in Temple (referred to the official website). When you enter the tatami room, you may notice the beautiful garden through the windows. This garden changes its image depending on the se...moreasons. In spring, pretty cherry blossoms come out and Japanese maples and all leaves change their colors in autumn. Please enjoy matcha tea served in this room while enjoying the gorgeous scenery.
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This is one of my favorite temples in Kyoto! When you visit there, you may surely feel the solemn and peaceful atmosphere while enjoying the matcha tea and gorgeous garden. As there is lighting-up event in spring and autumn, you may find the other side of this beautiful temple.
Beautiful garden
Must See !
Beautiful Garden
Look at this beautiful garden through the window! You may also enjoy the gorgeous doors with flowers painted in different colors in this room. When you visit this room in the early morning, you may clearly hear the sound of water dropping to the pond in the garden. It is very peaceful, and you can also walk around the garden as well as the bamboo hill next to it.
Enjoy Matcha
Must Do !
Enjoy Matcha
You can enjoy some matcha in this room. When you pay the entrance fee, you will receive a paper card. Please bring it to the room and wait on the red carpet with the card. Staff will come and serve matcha tea and a Japanese dessert. You may surely enjoy the beautiful scenery while enjoying the matcha tea.
Leave a message
Must Do !
Leave A Message
There is a small table with a note book that you can leave a message. There are many messages in different languages, so you may enjoy looking at them as well as writing your own message on the note book! Please leave a message about how you feel about this beautiful temple or your trip in Japan.
Tendai Sect Shoren-in Appearance PhotoTendai Sect Shoren-in Appearance Photo
Tendai Sect Shoren-in Temple
Categories Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens, Cultural Experience
Phone +81 75-561-2345
Address 69-1 Sanjobo-cho Awataguchi Higashiyama-ku Kyoto Japan
Directions 5-minute walk from Higashiyama Station by Subway Tozai Line
3-minute walk from Jingu-michi bus stop by Kyoto bus line #5, #46 or #100
Hours 9am - 5pm (Tickets sold until 4:30pm)
*In spring and autumn, they hold special night visits
Reservations Not accepted
Closed None
Fee [Entrance fee]
Adults ¥500
Grade 7-12 students ¥400
Younger pupils ¥200
*Group discount is available. (30 people or more)

[Matcha tea & Japanese sweets]
¥500/ person
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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The English brochure is available at the entrance. Staff are all nice and kind, so you may feel welcomed in this temple.
Information Japanese and English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Tendai Sect Shoren-in Temple +81 75-561-2345 [Entrance fee] Adults ¥500 Grade 7-12 students ¥400 Younger pupils ¥200 *Group discount is available. (30 people or more) [Matcha tea & Japanese sweets] ¥500/ person 3/3

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