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Shoren-in Temple

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Historically, the head priests of Shoren-in Temple were members of Japan’s imperial family. In fact, a 12th-century emperor built the temple originally as a residence for his son to study alongside a prominent priest of the time. The temple’s stately pedigree matches the allure of its tranquil natural surroundings. Shoren-in Temple rests at the foot of Kyoto’s Higashiyama mountains. Standing outside of the main temple building, trees tower above, and the wooded forest encircles the entire complex.

Shoren-in Temple is known for being quiet and peaceful, a respite from hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors are invited to walk through the rooms of the temple. These include a drawing room, where the main attraction is intricately painted fusuma, or traditional sliding doors. The drawing room opens to a pond, where visitors often go to meditate. The main hall is the primary place of worship. Outside of the temple are several walking paths. Some circle a garden, while another leads up to a teahouse.

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69-1 Sanjobo-cho Awataguchi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
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Kyoto Celebrated Sites One Day Tour

Kyoto Celebrated Sites One Day Tour

This tour includes 4 celebrated sites in Kyoto such as a palace, a castle and temples. The two temples on this tour are less crowded but venerated ones with rich histories. Both of them have beautiful gardens that invite us to pause and to refresh ourselves. At the first temple, you can step into the same room where retired emperors and princes used to stay. At the other temple, you will know how the first lady spent her last days after her husband, a samurai leader, passed away. Comparing the Imperial Palace with Nijo Castle helps you to understand the difference between the emperor and the shogun. In this tour, you will learn about the culture of nobles and warriors and touch the lives of emperors and shoguns.
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size


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