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Hosen-in Temple Tours

Hosen-in Temple
A 700-year-old pine tree welcomes visitors to Hosen-in Temple, a lodging site for Buddhist pilgrims since the 11th century. Inside the quiet temple, visitors sip on traditional Japanese green tea while meditating on the ancient tree and gardens seen through the windows. Outside, visitors place their ears to a pair of bamboo tubes that stretch down into the ground from a small wooden terrace. It's said that the sounds heard from water dripping into a water basin symbolize harmony in the universe.

The serenity can only be disrupted by blood-spattered ceilings, a result of a gruesome Samurai battle that took place in the area in the 1600s. Temple keepers salvaged the wood in Fushimi Castle, where the battle was fought and lost, and affixed it to the temple's ceiling as a way of remembering the history and the lives of those in the battle.

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Located in Ohara in Northern Kyoto, the fastest way to reach Hosenin Temple is by train and bus. The Karasuma Subway line terminates at Kokosaikaikan Station, where Kyoto bus numbers 19 connects to Ohara. Bus number 17 provides direct service from Kyoto Station to Ohara. Admission costs 800 yen for adults ($8USD), 700 yen for junior and high school students ($7USD), and 600 yen for elementary school students ($6USD). Hosenin is open from 9:00am -5:00pm. The temple gardens are particularly beautiful in the autumn and spring, when seasonal flowers bloom.
Address: Ohara, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Hours: 9am - 5pm
Admission: Adult: 800¥; Youth: 700¥
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Private Tour - Visit Temples Deep in the Mountain with 1000 years History

Private Tour - Visit Temples Deep in the Mountain with 1000 years History

You will travel more than an hour from central Kyoto to those spots on this tour. It might sound a bit nuisance to move a lot but the further from the central city, the more spots left from 1,000 years ago. There are many anecdotes unique to Kyoto such as one about a woman who evacuated from Kyoto under war, a ceiling board with blood stain of samurai’s who have suicided during the war, and so on. What would you think of at those spots with many thoughts of predecessors? You can lose yourself in thought while watching the garden at a temple and have Japanese green tea. Don’t forget to book your tour to visit temples and shrines deep in the mountain!
  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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What are Hosen-in Temple hours of operation?
Hosen-in Temple hours of operation: 9am - 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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