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“Beautiful and remote”
Review of Sanzen-in Temple

Sanzen-in Temple
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US$123.40*
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day
Ranked #20 of 1,388 things to do in Kyoto
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

It took some doing to get to this area, but it was worth the trip. The temple is up in the mountains in a much less populated area, and the location contributed to the lack of crowds which was a real plus. We took a lot of photos with no other human being in them! Very relaxing and a nice getaway if you are a little burned out on people and noise. A few other tidbits: Maps and guidebooks tell you to take the 17 bus, but there are two of them so be careful. You want the 17 bus that stops in the "C" area of the bus terminal, NOT the "A" area. We learned that the hard way. Also, there isn't a lot of English on the ticket but you can get some tea and cake with your admission--just sit on the red mats facing the garden and someone will deliver it to you. My only caveat is the length of time to get here, so if you have only a few days in Kyoto you might choose the more convenient but equally beautiful temples closer to town. If you don't mind the time, I would definitely recommend this trip.

Thank Sue N
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

A bit more difficult to access compared with other famous tourist spots. Take the “system 17 bus”, and better from Kyoto station so that you can get a seat to take this 1 hour long bus ride. En route you’ll enjoy the view of Kamo river, takao river, the less touristy northern Part of Kyoto and Mt hiei.
You’ll need to do a gentle and short (10mins) yet scenic uphill stroll to get there. Do visit the nearby Jikkoin and Hosein as well.

If you wanna avoid the crowd the best time to visit must be early summer. In June you can see hydrangea as well!

1  Thank ikihappy
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Went here and walked around grounds for 1 hour with the family. Was a wonderful trip and highly recommend it. Its a bit off center and mainly Japanese here visiting rather than many foreigners

1  Thank aussietoday
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Visited this place in the morning before the crowd flocked in. Loved the garden and the little statues at this temple. Worth a visit when in Kyoto.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

It is cherry blossom season which makes the grounds of this temple both incredibly beautiful - and also a little crowded. Despite the busyness the Sanzen-in Temple was well worth the visit as it offers beautiful gardens filled with spring colour and textures and a number statues and shrines. I really enjoyed my morning strolling through these gardens - I also enjoyed the other temple located up the hill.

Thank KP_Esther
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